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Peter Fisher & Mike Tuck 

Long Life Loose Fit

A changing context

Within the last year the social and political context surrounding climate change has shifted dramatically. Declarations only count when they lead to tangible change in actions and behaviour. The cultural impact on architecture will be as profound as the technical impact – in particular the materials from which architecture is made.

A changing architecture?

For much of its history architecture has - in substantial part – been a response to the prevailing climate and available resources. From the mid-twentieth century onwards much architecture lost a rooted connection to locality. Cities and buildings increasingly look the same. This is experiential as well as environmentally impoverishing. Architecture needs to articulate a response that questions many of the professions’ norms. Simply doing less harm will no longer be adequate. The architectural profession, like so many others, will be compelled to rethink and challenge much of its own basis. There will be a fundamental shift away from shiny new buildings towards reuse and regenerative design.

Is there climate emergency architecture?

In response to this, within Studio 3 we asked what the architecture of the climate emergency will be like? To this end we will explore two connected projects that pose the question how do we build enduring buildings? And if they can’t endure how can they be re-used or re-made? We focused on the circular economy and how it will inform the approach of architects in the future. How are cities supplied and how does this relate to energy & circular economy? Our cues were taken from the Ellen McArthur Foundation’s circular cities research. We looked at the 1.5 degree lifestyle and Science Based Targets.