Sumita works as a teacher and practitioner in the field of sustainable design with her design practice, Ecologic. Sumita's book, 'Architecture For Rapid Change and Scarce Resources' was published by Routledge in 2012 and she is currently working on new books. Her interests include designing, making, gardening, use of waste and found materials, community and inclusive design.
It is always good to hear all sides of the argument but it hasn’t changed my mind! India and China are always brought up but their per capita energy consumption is much lower than that of the ‘Western countries’. In both countries, population is stablising so their total energy consumption will be down soon. China is also building eco-cities as are countries in the Middle east (err, where are the eco-cities in the UK?) People living in rich countries will continue as they are but as they are ageing populations, their energy consumption will peter off. One must remember that it was the Industrial Revolution that triggered off all the carbon now in the atmosphere. As someone with links with Cambridge University, I keep hearing about these Heath Robinson approaches to mitigate Climate Change and they do bring a smile to my face in the seriousness of the situation. The simple way to stop climate change is to live a simple life but that won’t work in here or anywhere- we all want ‘progress’ and technology! Well done to Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg who have been able to get wide spread support and publicity through simple but powerful actions, and with very little support and time. Sounds very Gandhi to me.
Comment on: RIBA Stirling Prize: the profession reacts
Congratulations to Caruso St John- a well crafted beautiful building but we have to heed Piers Taylor's incisive comment- for more well crafted beautiful public architecture.
Comment on: BBC apologises to Hadid over Qatar allegations
BBC should research thoroughly before interviewing- this is not the first time such things have happened.
I agree- human beings come before buildings. The human cost of war is irrevocable whereas buildings can be replaced. I agree also that the press always have an agenda- ironic, isn't it?