Alison Brooks, Director, spoke at the AJ annual conference at the Royal College of Physicians, London, which aimed to radically redefine sustainability and predict the future of sustainable building design.
The day included a series of TED-style talks with top-flight thinkers sharing their predictions on the direction sustainable design will take over the coming years, as well as insight into which way the wind is blowing for policy-makers and government.
A special series of case study presentations by architects included an inspirational line-up of new green buildings, including ODonnell and Tuomeys new LSE building, Hopkins Architects WWF project and Enric Ruiz-Gelis work for El Bulli Foundation
There were also specialist sessions on housing design and building tall, what to do with listed and heritage assets in the context of sustainability, materplanning, and specifying green, alongside plain-spoken technical briefings on changes to Part L, Soft Landings and post-occupancy evaluation.
The conference was designed to enable architects to skill up their businesses to meet the future demand for buildings that are sustainable from a social and economic, as well as ecological perspective.