Building for the future

About the project or challenge area

Are the houses built today adapted to the future? Are we considering the world increase temperature, frequency of storms and floods – to cite only few- in our design? Should we include sustainability and renewable energies in every new construction in order to reduce the carbon footprint of each house or building? The inadequacy of some constructions have been demonstrated in recent years with the death of elderly population during the hot season: can we remediate that? The project is about designing the future house, based on the existing and perhaps not yet- novel technology which should be introduced. It could be novel building material (made locally), novel energy storage and natural ventilation for human comfort, reactive lighting and exterior paint with varying emissivity, depending on the needs (reflective or deflective).

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the oportunity to research and learn on the latest technology related to the built environment, from a scientific and a socio-economical aspect . It could also develop your knowledge and interest on novel building techniques and policy decisions.

About you

No specific skills are required for this project but knowledge on building techniques, either novel or traditional will be a bonus. Any engineer, scientist or social/politic student should be able to carry on this project. 

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Cabot Masters by Research Admission Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Research Statement.

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Dr Hind Saidani-ScottSenior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.  You can contact her by email


Your co-supervisor for this project will be Dr Neil CarhartLecturer, Department of Civil Engineering.  You can contact him by email

Find out more about your prospective research community

The City Futures theme is a vibrant community of researchers who are helping cities to better understand the complex challenges they face, and support their transition to becoming sustainable, resilient and inclusive places with a high quality of life for all. Find out more about the City Futures research theme.

Edit this page