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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.


Thursday 10 September2020, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

RIBA Practice Clinic: The environmental impacts of running a practice

Calling all practice owners, sole practitioners and architects working in small practices! We’ve developed a series of interactive online events to provide a forum to discuss issues and problems that practices are facing as they navigate their way through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

England - All regions
15 September 2020, 5pm to 6pm

Introduction to PAS 2035 and 2038

RSAW’s Introduction to PAS 2035 covers assessment of dwellings for retrofit, identifying improvement options, designing and specifying Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) and monitor retrofit projects.

16 September 2020, 1pm to 4:30pm

The Built Environment as Sustainable Ecosystem: The Suffolk Paradigm

This event will explore the need to think and act within ecosystems in the built and natural environment. Representatives from the University of Suffolk will present the vision, as well as specific research projects that showcase integrative approaches for a sustainable life.

England - All regions
16 September 2020, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge: A client's perspective

RIBA has developed the 2030 Climate Challenge to help architects meet net zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030. In this event, chaired by John Boughton, we bring you speakers offering their expertise and insight on the RIBA targets and working across the industry and an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

England - Southwest
18 September 2020, 12:30pm to 13:30pm

RIBA Global Small Talk: Innovative design for a globally sustainable future

Hear about inspirational projects from across the globe as we explore innovative design for a globally sustainable future. Join host Mina Hasman and guests Nuru Karim, NUDES, Mumbai and Mouaz Abouzaid, Verform, Dubai. Followed by Q&A.

England - All regions
21 September 2020, 2pm to 3pm

Mining the Anthropocene

How can the construction industry dramatically reduce its consumption of natural resources?

England - All regions
23 September 2020, 12pm to 2pm

People, Place, Planet - A conversation with Matthew Sawyer

People, Place, Planet Sustainability - what is the triple bottom line? Matthew Sawyer provides information and practical knowledge to overcome barriers to sustainability

England - Northwest
23 September 2020, 6pm to 7:30pm

Architecture Talks: the Case for Retrofit

Join the Cambridge Association of Architects (CAA) as they discuss the Case for Retrofit using case studies with plenty of time for questions and answers.

England - East
30 September to 1 October 2020

RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2020: Confronting the Climate Emergency

This year's two day Smart Practice Conference, Confronting the Climate Challenge, aims to provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets and position your practice at the forefront of the green recovery.

01 October 2020, 6pm to 7pm

Virtual Talk, Tour and Questions: Mark Brinkley’s Sustainable Self Build Home

The Open EcoHomes Cambridge Festival is running from 14 Sept - 20 October and anyone is welcome to join. This event is on 1st October from 6-7pm

England - All regions

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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