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It’s time to forge a “pan-Canadian” design identity based on indigenous values says Andrew King

November 23, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
David Fortin's Indigenous Peoples Space in Ottawa

Architects, designers and policymakers should join forces to write a manifesto for Canadian design that platforms indigenous communities, according to Andrew King of architecture studio Lemay. A cohesive and inclusive Canadian design identity would help unify the country around shared values, promote local traditions, skills and materials and distinguish the country from its southern neighbour

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COP26 was “better than nothing but clearly insufficient” according to architects who were there

November 17, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Globe at COP26

Figures from architecture and the built environment who attended COP26 have given the climate conference low marks while praising the energy of the fringe events and hoping that politicians’ words will now be followed by action. “It’s just a start when it’s almost too late,” said Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects, who gave the

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Architects are “enablers of business as usual” say speakers at Built Environment Summit

November 2, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Maria Smith, Farhana Yamin and Andrew Forth, speakers at the Built Environment Summit

Speakers at a climate summit organised by Architects Declare and RIBA last week called on architects to take responsibility for decarbonising their buildings, rather than blaming clients and the lack of regulations. Instead, they should actively lobby lawmakers, turn down projects and materials that contribute to climate change and challenge clients rather than prioritising profit

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“COP26 marks a critical juncture for humanity” say architects and designers attending the climate conference

October 29, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Earth from space

This weekend the world’s governments come together to move forward plans to tackle climate change at the COP26 summit. Ten architects and designers who are heading to Glasgow told Dezeen about their hopes and fears for the conference. The hugely anticipated 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), also known as the UN Climate Change Conference,

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UK net-zero strategy “totally lacking in ambition” say architects

October 22, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Architects Climate Action Network Protest in article about UK net-zero strategy

The UK’s strategy for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 “does not go far enough” and ignores embodied carbon according to the RIBA and other industry groups. More funding plus regulations to establish embodied carbon targets are needed, they say. RIBA president Simon Allford said the proposals are “overshadowed by the lack of adequate funding and the

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Brutalist buildings threatened by right-wing politicians as part of “attack on the welfare state”

October 21, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Robin Hood Gardens demolition

Brutalist buildings around the world are in danger of demolition due to attacks from right-wing politicians, according to architecture historians. Tim Verlaan, an assistant professor at the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History, said that an association between brutalism and left-leaning social policies has caused opposition to the architectural style from the right. “Today, criticism on

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Failure to teach net-zero architecture skills “is negligent and verges on denialism” says Anthropocene Architecture School founder

September 24, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The Anthropocene Architecture School logo

Architecture schools must prioritise teaching students net-zero design skills to effectively prepare them for future work, says Anthropocene Architecture School founder Scott McAulay. Speaking to Dezeen, McAulay said that if the industry is to help alleviate climate change, emerging architects must be taught how to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment, which is responsible

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Minoru Yamasaki designed World Trade Center as “beacon of democracy”

September 10, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0

Author Justin Beal has written a book on World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki. Continuing our series marking the anniversary of 9/11 he told us about Yamasaki’s experience designing the building and his influence on architecture. Named Sandfuture, the upcoming book by Beal aims to give an insight into the life and work of the little-known

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9/11 led to “a renaissance of tall building design” say skyscraper designers

September 7, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
One World Trade Center by SOM

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center threw the safety of skyscrapers into the spotlight, but since then they have become taller and more ambitious. As part of our 9/11 anniversary series, we look at how skyscrapers design has changed over the past 20 years. Following the attack on the Twin Towers on 11

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