Architecture faces an array of challenges in its quest to become sustainable – from the lifetime emissions a building will emit through energy use, to the embodied carbon that contributes to its construction.
In this panel, designers working across architecture, engineering and urbanism discuss the radical innovations they are taking to disrupt climate complacency in the field. From building with recycled materials to building less, from designing energy-efficient homes to designing homes in collaboration with nature, these designers are rethinking architecture from the ground up.
Over the course of an evening, they show that the impact sustainable architecture can have on our lived experience goes beyond the environmental, but can also create more socially inclusive cities, better health and more egalitarian economies.
Joseph founded Etopia in 2015 aged 23, having experienced the struggles of homelessness first-hand. His ethos is ‘everyone deserves a comfortable, sustainable home, regardless of income, that has minimum impact on Earth.’ He now advises financial institutions, governments, and international corporations developing an aligned approach to global sustainability, whilst leading Etopia’s expansion.
Trained as an architect, Ling is a multidisciplinary designer and artist working within the field of social engagement, technology, citizen participation, and politics. Her work uses technology and participatory methods to explore citizens’ interaction with the built environment and our collective agency and responsibility in tackling complex issues surrounding our cities.
RIBAJ Rising Star Winner, Tara is Co-Founder of Gbolade Design Studio and the Paradigm Network – a professional network championing Black and Asian representation in the built environment. Architect by trade and Passivhaus designer by passion, her expertise in design and planning policy saw her lead the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Sustainability Strategy. She is also part of the Architects Declare steering group and the advisory committee for the Guys & St Thomas Charity Impact on Urban Health initiative.
The Design Museum is working in collaboration with Project Etopia, supported by the Reuben Foundation, to develop a number of talks as part of the Waste Age public programme. These talks will demonstrate the ways in which the built environment can address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, as well as inspire meaningful change within the design industry and among the Museum’s audiences.
For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are encouraged.
Background image by Project Etopia.