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Materials: Beyond the New Normal

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The London Services Healthy Materials Think Tank, in conversation with Ana Dias and Martin Brown, explored a number of the challenges that product manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and others in our built environment are currently facing and addressing. Following the think tank, their keynotes covered two emerging solutions and programmes that deal with the themes of […]


Carbon is not the enemy

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If we are to address climate change, avoid climate breakdown and cap global temperature increase to 1.5 degC, and to face up to the IPCC 2018 Report warnings, then only reducing carbon from buildings and construction will not be enough, we need to think different think bigger, think regenerative. We have to balance the challenge […]


Practice Architect to Product Architect – Mark Shaw-Smith

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In my time, it has often been said that the influence and power of the architect has been diminishing, but I’ve honestly not found that to be the case. Technology and roles have changed, but the desire to create great architecture is as strong as ever and that flows through to product placement within architecture. […]


The New Normal: Skills and Roles for a Sustainable Future

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The New Normal: Skills and Roles for a Sustainable Future Martin Brown From Facilities Managers as ‘Wellness Officers’ to Building Service Engineers who (RE)Design buildings as power stations, we will require new and widespread sustainability skills, if we to move from Thousands of green buildings to Billions (as set out in the recent World GBC […]


The New Normal – Defining Value

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Thank you to everyone who came along to the London Specifi landscape event, and for contributing so generously to the Think Tank and the presentation.  The discussion continued during the meal, and one person mentioned an important point that I’d missed.  When I spoke about valuing (Landscape Architect) work I focused on confidence and self-belief, […]