Comment on: Get rid of the Architects Registration Board
Given the ARB only defends title, why just call yourselves something else and leave this anachronistic policeman to wither.
Accidents of history 35 years ago mean I never finished qualifying, I was teaching myself by the time I gave up on architecture school so I went and learnt off many of the best and call myself an architectural designer, it’s annoying, but not as annoying as the ARB Sounds
You stopped short of the obvious conclusion. Architects must argue for more re-use of old buildings.
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
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.
Comment on: The Green Deal is a dead duck
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