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INTBAU World Congress
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Local Solutions to Global Challenges
London, 18-19 February 2015

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DAVID STRONG
(DAVID STRONG CONSULTING)

David Strong (David Strong Consulting) spoke about whole system thinking and the delivery of genuinely sustainable buildings, which called into question some of the achievements and sustainability ratings claimed by a selection of new developments in the UK.

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Summary Notes

  • The region is probably the unit people identify with. The region is often older that the nation
  • The minute you enter into collective identity you enter into the collective memory
  • Traditions tend to have historical depth
  • Ceremonies use old clothing to give identity
  • These often get made up. Eg. For the Court of Human Rights. They need to suggest depth
  • In architecture porticos are dressing up in a similar way
  • Use of local materials as arts and crafts architects do is often symbolic and not the cheapest
  • Think in terms of Breadth and Depth
  • Modernism had universal breath but no depth
  • You cancel out depth
  • In the 60s people got a shot in the arm by globalisation and brands and symbols became global
  • Modernism started to achieve unlimited breadth – anonymity – no sense of-place
  • Architects had to deal with this
  • Critical regionalism was a superficial response the need for locality
  • We need to make symbolic homes eg Poundbury
  • New Urbanism came along to deliver identity, breadth and depth – and more complexity