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The Big Rethink Part 1: Towards a Complete Architecture


Glad to read something reasonable about the future of architecture. For us lesser mortals, architecture is relatively rarely about "making context", and much more about interpreting and enriching context. This also is becoming increasingly difficult, with tight budgets and increasingly constraining regulation which rightly puts energy efficiency at the forefront of the debate. One issue though that needs clearly highlighting; there is not enough done about whole cost building rather than capital cost thinking. Maybe governments need to legislate more. In social housing, increased energy efficiency only interests the organisations insofar as the renters have less financial pressure on them from heating costs and so are more likely to pay on time. Construction financing that took into account the lifecycle cost reduction through improved performance seems like a great way to relaunch the economy and start to really deal with global warming.

Posted date

7 January, 2012

Posted time

2:43 pm