Green architecture day: illustrated talks
Theme: Health and Buildings
Building to thrive - a day exploring how we can flourish in the built environment
Saturday 5 April 2014
9:45am to 5pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
Grand Parade Building
Brighton BN2 0JY (Directions)
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Programme of events (Provisional)
Duncan Baker-Brown, BBM Sustainable Design
Based in Lewes, Duncan Baker Brown has been a director of award-winning architects BBM Sustainable Design since 1993. He also teaches and researches around green ideas at the School of Architecture in Brighton. He has had the good fortune to work on some of the UK’s most high profile green developments such as The Greenwich Millennium Village, the RIBA's Futurehouse and The House That Kevin Builtwith Grand Design's Kevin McCloud.
Local case studies
Case study: Eco renovation of flat using natural materials
Abby and Kate renovated one end of their split level flat in a Victorian house into a healthy home, using natural, recycled or reused building materials wherever possible. Natural materials allow moisture to pass through the building fabric and reduce 'off-gassing' from synthetic materials. This includes sheep's wool and newspaper insulation, bamboo work surfaces, marmoleum flooring, clay-board ceiling and partition wall boards, lime plaster, natural paints, wood-fibre insulation and sustainable birch ply.
Abby Hone is a homeowner whose flat has featured in Eco Open Houses.
Case study: Community orchards
Bryn Thomas, Brighton Permaculture Trust
Community orchards enliven grassy and unused urban spaces. They provide healthy affordable food to those who get involved as well as exercise. Providing a focus they can bring people together building communities and perhaps reducing antisocial behaviour. They are a place of learning where people can acquire skills and build confidence. And, of course, they provide habitat for the birds and bees.
Bryn Thomas has co-managed Brighton Permaculture Trust's community orchard planting programme for the last five years. With its partners, Brighton Permaculture Trust has helped plant over 90 school and community orchards with around 1000 fruit trees.
Good homes healthy homes
Peter Halsall, Good Homes Alliance
Peter will define what a good home is, and highlight the aspects of good homes that contribute towards physical health.
Pete Halsall is a sustainable community developer, with a background in property development, construction and environmental engineering. He was co-founder and Managing Director of BioRegional Quintain Ltd., where he successfully led the company in securing developments at Middlesbrough (development agreement with EP) and Brighton (JV with Crest Nicholson). Pete is passionate about regeneration, sustainability and architecture. He is a graduate of Bath University and has worked in the UK, Spain, US and China.
Creating places of the soul
Christopher Day, Consensus Design
Christopher will describe his journey from artistic design to health-giving place-making – for people, place and planet; physically, psychologically and spiritually; technically, socially and ecologically. A journey from geographically-limited theoretical knowledge to experience-based universal principles sensitive to local circumstances.
Christopher Day trained as an architect and sculptor. In addition to designing buildings in accordance with his ecological principles, he offers worldwide consultancy on the development and the rescue of places both indoor and outdoor. His projects have won several awards, including a Prince of Wales award. He is the author of Places of the Soul and Spirit & Place.
LUNCH and 2 x tours of the Waste House
The Waste house is one of the first A* energy-efficient rated buildings in the UK. It was built almost entirely of waste materials, including thrown-away bricks, ply sheets and wood plus old toothbrushes. It showcases new technologies and will be used as an exhibition and workshop space by local community groups and as the University of Brighton's headquarters for sustainable design.
Eco-towns, Garden Cities and One Planet Communities - policy and practice, opportunities and challenges
Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone, BioRegional
Pooran Desai studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities before co-founding BioRegional Development Group in 1995. Initially he worked in sustainable forestry, helping develop the concept of 'bioregional network production' and founding BioRegional Charcoal Company Ltd. In 1997 he initiated the BedZED project, contributing through design, construction and monitoring – which in turn led to the Z-squared and One Planet concepts. Pooran is included in Building Design's top 50 green leaders for 2012.
Sue Riddlestone is Chief Executive and co-founder of BioRegional, an international, award-winning social enterprise and sustainability charity which she co-founded with her husband Pooran Desai in 1994. Sue is also a co-creator of BioRegional's One Planet Living framework and ten principles, drawn from practical experience in developing the BedZED eco-village in Sutton, south London, where BioRegional is based and Sue and Pooran live.
Architecture for health
Satish Kumar, Resurgence & Ecologist
The keynote speaker is Satish Kumar, editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He will be discussing architecture that connects with land, benefiting health - physical, mental and planetary. He explains: "Architecture represents a culture, and culture is related to agriculture, as well as design, poetry, music and dance - everything from land to life. Architecture is a bridge, and culture can take place within it. In our society, most architecture is without culture. We need to seriously examine what kind of architecture we need to create for physical and mental health and, above all, the health of the land."
When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. He left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world into reality, before undertaking an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage. Since 1973 he has been editor-in-chief at Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, and his books include No Destination, You Are Therefore I Am, Spiritual Compass, and Earth Pilgrim. Satish teaches, lectures and runs workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity.
Designing for resilience
Susan Roaf, Heriot-Watt University
It is becoming ever clearer that we need to be designing resilient buildings, cities and citizens for the 21st century. We need to run buildings increasingly on local energy, treat the climate and the people in the building as part of the solution, not the problem and design buildings that are adaptable to different weathers and safe even in very different future climates.
Susan Roaf is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University. An award winning teacher, architect, solar pioneer, author and speaker. She is an ex-Oxford City Councillor and has worked on ecohousing, thermal comfort, building integrated photovoltaics, traditional technologies, water-efficient, low carbon and resilient design, adaptation to climate change and Solar Cities. Her PhD was on the Windcatchers of Yazd.
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Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building
Brighton, BN2 0JY (Directions)
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
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Fees for the illustrated talks
Please note that individual talks cannot be booked separately. Fees to attend all the talks:
£75 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£75 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£60 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£45 - Individual waged less than 18k/yr
£30 - Individual, concessionary rate*
*Concessionary rates are available to people in receipt of means-tested benefits (including housing benefit, council tax benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit (income does not exceed £16,190) and/or Child Tax Credit), and OAPs. Please bring evidence of this to the event.
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