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Weekend roundup: ​Architects fight climate change – unless it’s ‘unnecessarily complex’


Apologies again if you've been hauled over the coals with it all, I know what that feels like and certainly didn't mean you to be the focus of attention. Poorly expressed frustration that what are logical, inexpensive, ultimately better structural solutions aren't shared enough. We're often in the same situation, something appears unusual or a new mix of structural typology has to be proven. Sometimes we're asked to undertake desk top studies of others too. Wholly contrite and will word such comments more carefully in future. Wouldn't it be good to share what we learn on load-bearing CLT and other timber, stone and brick structures, self-supporting so on? Helpful to clients, architects and consultant groups if we had access to proven structural typologies that meet regs, are cheaper, CO2 negative or reduce embodied CO2 by 90% today, not in ten or twenty years time. They are only the structural starting points to the architecture and not a style dogma. We're forever grateful to other architects and consultants who have often been sitting on ideas for years with little opportunity to share. The AJ could bring back their details publication as a free online resource, perhaps as a sort of "robust structural/sustainable/cost proven" set. Demonstrating how less material can achieve the same outcome, whether it is later further elaborated or not. I better step off the hobby horse now, sincere apologies again for the insensitivity and good luck with it.

Posted date

10 February, 2020

Posted time

5:16 pm