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Half a century of sleepwalking towards climate change


Architects! Stop beating yourselves up? All the time I have been working as an architectural designer, starting in 1972, the emphasis has been on sustainable construction that looked good and more than fulfilled the clients requirements. Site meetings?The architect travelled on the tube or by push bike. The builder in an AUDI, the client in a BMW X5?! If the building didn’t perform, the practise was sued using very well paid lawyers. The U values required by the building regs were always out of date, or so badly written as to be irrelevant to man or beast in the real world. He who pays the piper calls the tune. I am now trying to get the GLA, TfL, London Local Authorities and property developers to build sustainable infrastructure and accommodation. They don’t even want to talk about the problem and the obvious solutions. We have 10 years, with Green Bonds and Carbon Credits to cover the costs, and still the powers that be are doing next to nothing. No wonder the Climate Change Activists are blocking Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus! Perhaps a “No Deal Brexit” will demonstrate the realities, when there are no East Europeans to harvest the crops next year? And Customs Officials delay the Transfesa delivery of food from Spain and Portugal? Prices will go up, and the less well off will go hungry? Then we will see real riots, not just the polite young and old middle class activists!

Posted date

17 April, 2019

Posted time

11:48 am