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People, Place, Planet

Marmalade Lane Cohousing by Mole Architects, winner of a RIBA East Award 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019

People, Place, Planet

Join us for a series of online events focused on the climate emergency and the built environment

Join the Royal Institute of British Architects this autumn for a series of online events and activities delivered by our members and teams across the country, to bring focus to the climate emergency, sustainability, and the built environment.

All are welcome to attend, learn, share knowledge and be inspired to make the changes needed to tackle the climate emergency, so that we can all play our part in addressing this global crisis.

Browse the event series below and watch the recap of last year's programme, or learn more about how you can play your part by taking our 2030 Climate Challenge.

Banner image: Marmalade Lane by Mole Architects, photographed by David Butler.


3 November 2020, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Mind the energy performance gap

Shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA President's Award for Research, Amrutha Kishor and Allan Joyce Architects will present the findings of their research which focused on energy usage in newly-built homes.

England - All regions
Session 1 | 10 November 2020, 9am to 12pm Session 2 | 17 November 2020, 9am to 12pm Both sessions must be attended to complete the course.

Meeting the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets: The Ultimate Toolkit for Architects

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted what can happen when we do not live in harmony with our natural ecosystems. This, together with the ever increasing awareness about climate change and all the local, national and international declarations to move towards a zero-carbon world, has reaffirmed that we have to make systemic and permanent changes to the way the construction industry operates.

England - Southwest
12 November 2020, 12pm to 1.30pm

Liveable City Futures with Rachel Cooper

What is a Liveable City, what does the science say about wellbeing and the environment, and how do we need to rethink the design of places to ensure Liveable City Futures? Rachel Cooper will discuss the results of 20 years of research and consider how this is valid for designing cities in the future.

England - Northwest
4 November 2020, 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Cobauge – Earthbuilding in the 21st Century

Professor Anthony Hudson from Hudson Architects in Norwich will discuss the Cobauge construction method.

England - East
10 November 2020, 5.00pm to 6.30pm

The sustainability of conservation

Paul Kings from Kings & Dunne Architects in Norfolk, who specialise in conservation work, will discuss the sustainability of conservation.

England - East
18 November 2020, 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Modern tropical architecture

Raymond Quek, Architecture Course Leader at Norwich University of the Arts, discusses the materials and construction of modern tropical architecture.

England - East

2019 RIBA London Sustainable Architecture Festival

For last year's events, in September 2019, we took over Oasis Farm Waterloo for our first ever RIBA London Sustainable Architecture Festival.

The event attracted over 600 people of all ages, and helped celebrate, encourage and inspire sustainable architecture. RIBA Members spoke on a range of topics, including Passivhaus, flood resilience and rewilding. Thanks to Tame Design, a talented team of young architects, who recorded last year's talks programme in the videos below.

Take the 2030 Climate Challenge

If you're a RIBA Chartered Practice, sign up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge: a series of targets for practices to adopt to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water. You can also learn more about what the RIBA is doing to tackle the climate emergency by exploring our climate action content.

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