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Duncan Baker-Brown

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  • Comment on: Morris + Company gets go-ahead to flatten and replace Camden’s Sports Direct

    Duncan Baker-Brown's comment 2 February, 2020 10:53 am

    That's all rather old school - Instead of " flatten and replace" try "adapt, extend" or if you can't get that working for you try "de-construct, reuse, or recycle" as a last resort... But stop throwing useful resources away.. #Retrofitfirst

  • Comment on: Video: ‘It’s architects who manage resources: we choose what we build buildings out of’

    Duncan Baker-Brown's comment 23 July, 2019 11:17 am

    I'm not in the position to give up on humankind and the ecosystems we are currently destroying. I believe we will lose a lot of amazing stuff, but the natural world constantly bounces back given half a chance...... and I think we owe it to younger people not to give up. Imagine being 10 years old and hearing you (Number five?), David Chipperfield et al saying that the situation is hopeless. Step up I say....

  • Comment on: RIBA declares climate emergency

    Duncan Baker-Brown's comment 28 June, 2019 1:18 pm

    GREAT NEWS - RIBA BOARD DECLARES THAT THERE IS INDEED A CLIMATE EMERGENCY!!.... So how can RIBA Members square that with designing new airports for Heathrow etc? Architects need to re-design the way we design and construct our buildings. Declaring a Climate Emergency draws a line in the sand. Don't declare if you can't live up to the challenges such a declaration brings with it.

  • Comment on: UK big-hitters dominate shortlist for £2.9bn Sydney airport

    Duncan Baker-Brown's comment 25 June, 2019 8:55 pm

    What was the point of signing up to “Architects Declare”? These architects should be struck off the list they helped to create, or if they had sincere principles they should have declined to sign the declaration in the first place... Environmental lightweights.

  • Comment on: Seventeen Stirling Prize winners unite to declare climate emergency

    Duncan Baker-Brown's comment 30 May, 2019 5:22 pm

    “This is great news. Now it’s time for the RIBA to take a stand and declare that we are in the middle of a Climate Emergency. The construction industry is the major consumer of the world’s natural resources (approx 50%)..... and the Cement/ Concrete industry is a major part of that and associated CO2e emissions. So all signatories to this noble group have got to get over their love of concrete if we are going to go anywhere near the huge reduction in whole life carbon, let along the ambition for zero carbon/ zero waste targets many of us desire.... A good step forward though - well done”.

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