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


This is an inspiring call to action by Duncan with important ideas that we can adopt individually and at a wider community level. I love the concept of 'mining the Anthropocene'. Duncan points to the futuristic deconstruction and re-use work of RotorDC in Belgium (see rotordc.com and the parent organisation, rotorb.org). Could RIBA promote this idea at government and regional level; advocating support for a UK version of RotorDC? Perhaps the Mayor of London or Bristol or Manchester for example could be supported or persuaded to create an equivalent organisation as a meaningful way of addressing the climate emergency? And yes, even with a UK RotorDC, we should all be strongly advocating retrofit; only destroying existing buildings as a last resort, and trying to demonstrate the case for retrofit to our clients – in particular to avoid destroying the precious concrete foundations and frames that already exist. The Paris tower block retrofit is inspiring, as is Duncan's own project on the south downs. If you agree, please sign Harry Paticas’ petition to government to remove the VAT tax from retrofit since this tax just fuels demolition by skewing the financial advantage of VAT-free new-build. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/264073

Posted date

19 July, 2019

Posted time

8:32 am