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Ultra-low RIBA elections turnout is ‘wake-up call’, says former president


I don't think the RIBA knows what it stands for, or what it's purpose is. I don't think the membership knows what their elected Councillors do or don't do. Not a surprise that the 91.6% of the general membership refuse to vote, and doesn't appear to even want to encourage anyone like-minded (whatever that means) to stand on it's behalf. I read the Minutes of the last RIBA Council meeting -the major topics were zero-carbon and sustainability, plus a new term to me -the Holocene Extinction Event (happening in a town near you apparently). The RIBA don't say what they did during the past 5 major extinction events on this planet, and other than talking a lot of hot air, don't propose much this time either. The only saving grace was that a vote to destroy all worldwide economic activity (probably even food production) by 2030 instead of 2050, was defeated. If the RIBA had any guts, they would ban all demolitions and all new buildings, except low-carbon. If they had any sense, they would leave us alone to our own sensibilities, shut up, and let us each judge whether CO2 is plant-food or the greatest poison on earth. If they focused on Planning, Building Control, Taxation, the Housing and Skills shortages and the feescales, then the rest of us could sort out the planet in our own tiny ways.

Posted date

5 August, 2019

Posted time

10:59 am