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John Ramsay

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  • Comment on: Concrete: do architects have their heads in the sand?

    John Ramsay's comment 16 January, 2019 11:00 am

    The technology exists to make the cement manufacture process much cleaner in terms of CO2 production - it is called the Calcium Carbonate Looping process (CCL). This can isolate CO2 from exhaust gasses from the clinker production etc. and can even be organised that the waste product of the process is in fact the raw material of cement. It uses existing proven technology (fluidised bed systems) and is exothermic (i.e. it vastly reduces energy costs). Just needs the industry to invest, perhaps take slightly smaller profits, and do their bit to save the planet. There are a whole series of "carbonate looping" processes that have massive potential for future clean energy systems (e.g. thermite reactions). Effectively heat produced without exhaust gas...

  • Comment on: Scottish architects launch yes campaign

    John Ramsay's comment 21 August, 2014 11:22 am

    Independence is perhaps the silliest idea to come out of Scotland since the Darien Scheme. Pandora's Box, or a can of worms, either way it goes. It'll take us decades to recover from the wedge that's been artificially driven into our society (Scotland, UK and Europe). Architecture is a global Lingua Franca; we should be ignoring artificial borders based on historically confused romantic notions..."Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel"