The Architecture of Place: The What and Why of Climate-Responsive Design, with Andrew Coates, Fatou Dieye, and Deependra Prashad
Perhaps now more than ever before, we are all aware of the built environment that surrounds us, and of the impacts it has on the health of individuals, communities, and the planet. The Architecture of Place series brings together the established and emerging voices working to create a better built future. You can find more information on the full series here.
This program, originally held on December 8, 2020, focused on current topics in climate-responsive design. Design that works with, rather than against, its local climate is unquestionably the way of the future. For now, though, climate-responsive design remains something of a novelty, practiced and championed by the few and not the many. If we are to deliver the 230 billion square metres in new construction estimated to be needed between now and 2060 while also reducing the construction industry’s significant contribution towards global carbon emissions, the way we design needs to change, and fast.
Fortunately, traditional, vernacular, and indigenous design have many possible solutions ready to be adapted and implemented. In this talk, speakers Andrew Coates (Cresolus Tropical Design), Fatou Dieye (Skat Consultancy country representative for Rwanda), Harriet Wennberg (INTBAU, on behalf of Yasmeen Lari) and Deependra Prashad (Principal Architect at DPAP Architects and Secretary of INTBAU India) suggested a way forward for both people and the planet.