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charlie baker's comments

  • Construction is a cause of global warming, but is concrete really the problem?

    charlie baker's comment 27 June, 2019 6:46 pm

    You stopped short of the obvious conclusion. Architects must argue for more re-use of old buildings.

  • Architects urged to 'co-design' council estates with residents

    charlie baker's comment 29 February, 2016 11:59 am

    I've spent 25 years designing places with the people that live in them and know that to do this kind of design when there is no money to realise the visions created can squander precious energy and hope.
    Let's make sure there's some funding to enable those people that live in those places now to live in them later.
    Maybe a credible housing policy might help

  • Estuary Airport is 'huge financial and environmental risk'

    charlie baker's comment 9 July, 2014 10:50 am

    i'm still stunned by the cognitive disconnects laid out here. If we don't drastically curb our emissions soon, this bit of the South East will be at risk of flooding within a financially risky timescale, and building more airports makes the hope of curbing those emissions that much more remote.
    If we can't wean ourselves off the assumption of the need to travel so much we need to find another way of doing it.

  • The Green Deal is a dead duck

    charlie baker's comment 30 January, 2014 10:45 am

    Lets not get the baby thrown out with the bath water on this. I agree with why it has failed so far, but in the current hostile government climate wrt 'green crap' let's not lose sight of the fact that a mechanism for paying as you save instead of 100% free measures is the only way to get out housing stock up to the required standard.
    On VAT, its skewing in favour of new build has made any form of refurbishment more difficult than it need be for decades and 5% across the board would be so much easier. However, depending on how the current battle with the European Commission goes most energy efficiency work is already rated at 5% for VAT.
    charlie baker - urbed + carbon coop

  • Massive surge in complaints over phoney architects

    charlie baker's comment 23 November, 2012 9:23 am

    Doesn't that make a nonsense of this law when 2 of the finest architect's on the planet can't be called architects in this country.

  • AJ exclusive: Make reveals Stansted airport mega-hub proposals

    charlie baker's comment 23 October, 2012 12:44 pm

    The cognitive disconnect here is breathtaking.
    Why are we talking about increasing air travel? Unprecedented ice cap loss, already disrupted weather patterns and crop failures and we're only a few points of a degree in - there's 4 more degrees to go on the way to 6 at the rate we're going. Every kilogramme we emit now will have an effect on the right to life of people in the future, most likely people alive now will suffer because of this collective denial of the scale of the issue.

  • AJ exclusive: Make reveals Stansted airport mega-hub proposals

    charlie baker's comment 22 October, 2012 12:21 pm

    The cognitive disconnect here is breathtaking.
    Why are we talking about increasing air travel? Unprecedented ice cap loss, already disrupted weather patterns and crop failures and we're only a few points of a degree in - there's 4 more degrees to go on the way to 6 at the rate we're going. Every kilogramme we emit now will have an effect on the right to life of people in the future, most likely people alive now will suffer because of this collective denial of the scale of the issue.

  • EPR’s Coronation Street redevelopment steps forward

    charlie baker's comment 28 March, 2012 8:37 am

    does a site that historic have to be saddled with such mediocrity?

  • Gunter Behnisch, Munich Olympics architect, dies

    charlie baker's comment 14 July, 2010 9:44 pm

    a real genius in my view, the world would be a less exhilarating place without his buildings. i've been following his plans for decades.

  • Row over government density plans

    charlie baker's comment 8 June, 2010 10:30 am

    30 homes per hectare is hardly cramped! That's the same as a Los Angeles suburb.
    Isn't this just an idealogical kneejerk about families?

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