Green architecture is a broad church and we are at an exciting juncture says Hattie Hartman
In this issue, we launch The Green Rethink, AJ’s inaugural Footprint Live conference, which will take place on 26 November at the Royal College of Physicians, London. Thought leaders from a wide variety of disciplines will share the latest ideas on how the design profession can deliver a more sustainable built environment. The ambition of The Green Rethink is to deliver a programme with a mix of inspirational design, the latest technical innovations and business critical information.
Simon Thurley of English Heritage will speak on the delicate balance between protecting heritage buildings and upgrading environmental performance, Ken Yeang will join us from Malaysia to talk about how the next generation of green architecture must go beyond the accreditation systems, and Terry Farrell will discuss masterplanning for a more sustainable city. Other speakers who are leading the way in green design include Patrick Bellew of Atelier Ten, Sheppard Robson’s Alan Shingler, Sadie Morgan of dRMM, carbon profiling expert Simon Sturgis and zero-carbon pioneer Bill Dunster. Seminars will cover topics including the upcoming changes to Part L, calculating embodied carbon, the Soft Landings framework, and the early findings of the Technology Strategy Board’s building performance evaluation studies.
From Belgium, we will welcome Sabine Liberaux of Architectes Associés in Brussels. Sabine will present her recently completed 10,000m² Passivhaus office building for electric utility company Elia on a contaminated canal-side site in Brussels and recap recent developments in the country, which include making Passivhaus standards mandatory in the Brussels region by 2015.
Green architecture is a broad church. We are at an exciting juncture, where mainstream practitioners and deep green pioneers are no longer so far apart. Much can be learned through shared experience of what has worked and what has been less successful.
Since AJ Footprint was launched five years ago, the AJ has promoted good design as green design. What started as a twice-weekly blogpost has grown to have an established online presence, with regular features in print. The Green Rethink is another important milestone.
Join us at the first Footprint Live for inspiration, innovation and information