#36 Net Zero Challenges

Amongst the many challenges facing the UK construction industry as the target date to achieve Net Zero emissions from the built environment looms ever closer (2050 or sooner), are those facing developers, building users and anyone responsible for operating and maintaining buildings. The fire safety issues of Net Zero solutions, such as structural timber, MMCContinue reading “#36 Net Zero Challenges”

#35 Designing for a Changing World

There have been a lot of stories in the press recently either related to the current global pandemic or unrelated, but significantly affected by the pandemic. And all with the same theme – climate change. There has been talk about how this pandemic and the new ways of working people have found could see theContinue reading “#35 Designing for a Changing World”

#33 Active Building Protocol

This week I have been reviewing all my interactions with the construction industry since starting my project in April 2017. There were 2 reasons for this – firstly to start populating the 4 strands of my Active Building Protocol; and secondly for the Reflective Essay that will form part of my final submission. When loggingContinue reading “#33 Active Building Protocol”

#32 Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Never before has the need for cross-discipline collaboration been more urgent – not only as great minds get together to find ways to combat the virulent and aggressive Covid-19 pandemic, but also as we strive to find Net Zero solutions for our built environment. Since joining SPECIFIC in 2013, I have been championing the needContinue reading “#32 Cross-Discipline Collaboration”

#30 Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge Update

A bit of good news I heard this week was that one of the groups of first year architecture students at UWTSD that I worked with on entries for the Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge have been shortlisted for the next stage of the project!  This is an incredible achievement for the groupContinue reading “#30 Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge Update”

#28 A time to reflect

I have been using some of my time during this period of staying home to reflect on my doctoral project so far, to recap on my journey from the start in April 2017, to where I am today; how my project has evolved during that time; the different avenues I have explored; and the variedContinue reading “#28 A time to reflect”

#27 Adaptable Research

For the last few weeks, as the current global crisis worsens, my work has felt massively insignificant – I am not a key worker and I don’t have the skills to turn my hand to making hand sanitiser, or to developing new ways of making protective visors, as some of my super-clever and resourceful colleaguesContinue reading “#27 Adaptable Research”

#26 My Design Guide Conundrum

Over the last few weeks, as part of the final stage of my project, “Implementing Change”, I’ve been carrying out workshops with architects and architectural technologists to gain feedback on my Active Buildings Design Guide as it develops.  My intention with the design guide, as it stands, is that it acts as a knowledge repositoryContinue reading “#26 My Design Guide Conundrum”

#25 Defining Active Buildings

Last week I was asked on two occasions, “What differentiates an Active Building from another “green” building?” – once during one of my Active Buildings in Practice workshops and once by a reviewer of a paper submission.  This made me think that perhaps I need to clarify this. In 2019, during the establishment of theContinue reading “#25 Defining Active Buildings”

#22 Adaptable Buildings

While most of the work I am currently involved with and am writing design guidance for relates to the new-build market, many of the buildings I have been involved with during my career as an Architect in practice involved conversion of historic buildings. These buildings were originally designed for a purpose that is no longerContinue reading “#22 Adaptable Buildings”