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ECOLOGICAL DESIGNS

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Peter Smith, the RIBA's vice-president for sustainability and professor of architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, has published a new guide to ecological design. Architecture in a Climate of Change attempts to explain the science of, and solutions to, global warming and features case studies including Bill Dunster's BEDZED project - and RRP's Welsh Assembly. 'In the 1960s and '70s buildings were symbols of human hubris, challenging nature at every step. The turn of the millennium sees a new attitude gathering momentum, in a synergy between human activity and the forces of nature.

Nowhere can this be better demonstrated than in the design of buildings, ' says the book, available from the Architectural Press, price £17.99. Smith is also arranging a sustainability conference, to be held at the RIBA on 23 October.

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