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Take our Part 1 student sustainability survey and win a book

The AJ is conducting a survey of Part 1 students about the way they are taught sustainability. Take the survey for a chance to win one of 15 books

This survey, which has 18 questions, aims to find out how sustainable design is being taught in the UK for the RIBA Part I course.

Every student who fills in the survey before December 10 will be entered into a prize draw for  five copies of ‘Architecture of Change 2: Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment’, ed. Sloterdijk and Luebkeman (2009, Gestalten).

All students can subscribe to the AJ at the great student price of £27.50 a quarter - and the next 10 subscribers will each receive a copy of Will Anderson’s ‘Homes for a Changing Climate’ (2009, Greenbooks).


Homes for a Changing Climate explores traditional and contemporary responses to the challenges of climate and illustrating the many ways in which houses can be designed, built and adapted to cope with these challenges. Examples are drawn from across Europe – from the dry volcano of Thera to the 100mph winds of the Western Isles – and from cutting edge eco-building projects in Britain. Combining inspiring case studies, striking photography and practical advice, Homes for a Changing Climate is a book of imagination and hope in difficult times.

Architecture of Change
features recently built and realised work that – in addition to its exceptional architectural quality – makes a notable contribution to a livable and sustainable future. The book also covers current initiatives that promote innovative research in this sector and thus encourage an emerging generation of environmentally aware architects and urban planners. Presenting over forty impressive examples of pioneering international projects that are improving our environment in real ways, the publication is a relevant reference for both a professional and general audience.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I would hazard there is a potential problem in your survey inasmuch as you don't properly define sustainability. Most schools will teach green technology to build in / add to building design. Sustainability is clearly far broader - and involves socio-economic, cultural factors before you even get to the building design. It need to be taught as well. Thankfully at Cardiff the tutor who runs third year makes it clear that some PVs, grey water recycling and ground source heat pump is for nothing if you are still living in an ivory tower - but it would be interesting if this is true across the UK. I kind of suspect a number of schools just focus on the technology, the easy win, rather than making students think more ethically and broadly about what we as architects can do - and its a lot more than just zero carbon.

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