Duncan-Baker Brown interviewed by Graham Lawton in the 9th November issue of New Scientist
In the column, Lawton reviews the progress made on environmental issues in the UK since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced last year that drastic changes were needed to avoid catastrophic global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celcius. Lawton notes that while in general we in the UK haven’t made much progress towards preventing world-altering levels of global warming, the architecture industry has taken some positive steps.
A new organisation, the Architects’ Climate Action Network (ACAN), was set up to find ways to rapidly lower the carbon footprint of the construction industry. The impact this organisation could have is enormous. As Duncan Baker-Brown says in the article “architects specify what buildings are made of, and can therefore decide to make them out of environmentally benign stuff.”
Some architecture practices have even started dedicating a day a week to staff workshops considering how to make their daily work environmentally neutral or even beneficial.