Event: What Does the Declaration of a Climate Emergency Mean for Architecture?

On Wednesday 25 September 2019 in the Adam House Lecture Theatre, 18:00-20:00, the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) will host a conversation exploring the question “What does the declaration of a climate emergency mean for architecture?”. Speakers will include Kate Carter (ESALA), Philip Eccles (Bennetts Associates), Francisca Lima (ESALA) and Scott McAulay (Anthropocene Architecture School).

Kate Carter, BSc (Arch), BArch, MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, ESALA

With a long standing passion for sustainable architecture and low carbon buildings and a PhD in Sustainable Social Housing, Kate has been involved in research projects intrinsically linked to the Climate Emergency. Currently developing the Housing to 2040 exhibition on behalf of the Scottish Government to help them develop the vision and roadmap to Zero Carbon in Scotland’s housing, this will be toured round communities in autumn 2019. Research with housing associations led to an exhibition – Innovation in new build and retrofit housing – held in June 2019, and a project using digital data to address fuel poverty in homes. Other research involves diverse themes relating to sustainability – including ‘Brettstapel’ Low Carbon timber; ‘Learning Energy,’ an innovative approach to visualising energy use in schools and ‘Enhance,’ a Living Lab project on energy use with the Assembly Rooms and Roslin Institute, Edinburgh. www.eca.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-kate-carter

Philip Eccles, Associate, Bennetts Associates

Phil is an associate at Bennetts Associates and is project architect on the refurbishment of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Bennetts Associates is a leading architecture practice that has built a reputation for designing sustainable buildings including Wessex Water headquarters, Powergen headquarters and more recently new offices for Camden Council, which achieved the highest BREEAM score for a building of its type. www.bennettsassociates.com

Dr. Francisca Lima, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, ESALA

Dr Francisca Lima is a landscape designer and a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, where she currently teaches history and theory of landscape architecture. In 2016, she obtained her PhD from ESALA – University of Edinburgh – which focused on the impacts of urban depopulation, with a full scholarship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Francisca is interested in the relationships between man and place, landscape perception and aesthetics, and the importance of communities in strengthening citizens’ role in contemporary and historical urban governance. Before her doctoral project, Francisca had been collaborating with several Portuguese landscape design offices, as well as with the Centre of Philosophy and LEAF, University of Lisbon. www.eca.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-francisca-lima

Scott McAulay, Initiator and Coordinator of the Anthropocene Architecture School

Scott coordinates the Anthropocene Architecture School – a decentralised, regenerative response to Climate Breakdown, and contributes towards the work of the RIAS Sustainability Working Group, the Scottish Ecological Design Association and the GIA’s (Glasgow Institute of Architects) Sustainability Committee. He recently graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design – between the University of Strathclyde and the University of Dalhousie, with special studies in Ecology and International Sustainable Development. Scott is a regular speaker and writer on sustainability and the built environment’s place in responding to the Climate Emergency. Recent publications have been featured in the Architects Journal, Crumble, -Ism and the RIBAJ. He has delivered talks and workshops through the AAS, Extinction Rebellion and the GIA (Glasgow Institute of Architects) across Scotland – totalling 14 in 2019 so far. In October, he will be one of the opening speakers at the RIAS (Royal Institute of Architecture Scotland) Convention with a presentation on the urgency necessitated by the Climate Emergency. twitter.com/anthropocenear1