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Open City’s Green Sky Thinking week launches

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Open City’s Green Sky Thinking, a London-wide programme of more than 50 seminars on sustainable design, launched today (23 April) at City Hall

To kick off the week-long event which starts on Monday (28 April), an audience of 120 gathered to hear a panel of experts debate how London can improve its ranking in the Siemens Green City Index. 

London currently ranks eleventh in a comparison of 30 European cities, with Copenhagen topping the league. 

Cities are ranked according to eight indices, ranging from air quality to environmental governance. London scores lowest on transport and energy, two sectors where it is well-positioned to improve its standing, according to Isabel McAllister of Mace. 

The Greater London Authority’s Matthew Pencharz cited London’s three tiers of government as a particular challenge to environmental governance and questioned whether Londoners have ‘the same appetite for green’ as residents of Copenhagen, or Stockholm which is ranked second. 

Open-City Trustee and MP Nick Raynsford cited the creation of the Greater London Authority fourteen years ago as a major step forward in promoting London-wide sustainable development. 

The strength of the Transition Towns movement and the extent of local engagement in boroughs such as Sutton emerged as indicators of residents’ growing  concern with environmental issues.

Niall Bolger, chief executive of the LB of Sutton, stressed that ‘we must take the technical out of sustainability and promote practical actions which enable noble lifestyle choices.’

The AJ will host a Green Sky Thinking breakfast event at O’Donnell Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre on April 29.

Delivering green design

ODonnell Tuomey LSE

When Tuesday 29 April, 8am for 8.30am
Where 6th floor café, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, 1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP
Chair Hattie Hartman AJ sustainability editor
Speakers Paul Hinkin, Black Architecture; Yeoryia Manolopoulou, AY Architects; Julian Robinson, London School of Economics; Alan Shingler, Sheppard Robson; Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

The discussion will highlight key sustainability considerations which should be included in the design brief, rules of thumb and use of modelling at concept stage, getting the most out of engineers, green specification, holding onto sustainability through procurement, supervising construction to ensure build quality, commissioning and post-occupancy visits/monitoring.

The LSE’s Julian Robinson will discuss how to select an architect who can deliver a green building, and architects from a range of practice sizes  will debate what it takes to deliver a sustainable building, from briefing stage through to practical completion and beyond. 

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