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Green Sky Thinking connects professionals driving innovation and influencing change

Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking week (April 15-19) will target both experts and novices, says Hattie Hartman

Supported by the AJ, Open-City’s third annual Green Sky Thinking week will take place 15-19 April. This event stands out because it builds on what Open-City does best: connecting the professionals who are driving innovation with those who can influence change. 

Some 50 events will offer opportunities for focused interaction with industry leaders who are pioneering ways to make London a greener and more livable city. 

Gardiner & Theobald’s Richard Francis, who hosted last year’s launch event, said: ‘Green Sky Thinking […] brought industry and government leaders to our door and opened up new discussions and opportunities for our business across the board.’ The Green Sky Thinking seminars are equally useful to anyone working at the forefront of sustainability as well as those in early stages of developing greener ways of working.

The AJ will host its own Green Sky session together with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. We will brainstorm ways to address the building performance gap. Though much discussed, the disconnect between how buildings are designed and how they perform remains poorly understood and is often perceived as someone else’s affair (AJ 28.02.13). But change is afoot. The combination of the Technology Strategy Board funding, the adoption of the Government Soft Landings (a commissioning and building aftercare protocol which will be mandatory from 2016) and the upcoming relaunch of the CarbonBuzz platform mean that an increasing pool of industry professionals – architects included – are gaining expertise in this area. This is no longer simply the domain of the Usable Buildings Trust and BSRIA who have pioneered work in this area for many years. We all have a duty of care.

This month’s Footprint feature – Associated Architects’ boathouse for an independent day school in Worcester – may at first glance be surprising. Beautiful and fit for purpose, this is an exemplary project with a thoroughly considered environmental agenda. Read closely and study the working detail.

  • Green Sky Thinking Week will take place in various venues across the capital from 15-19 April. For details go to:

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