Sky Thinking Week (15-19 April) was launched this week at a lively London debate about the way forward for embedding sustainability in the built environment.
Hosted and chaired by Gardiner & Theobald, and opened with a keynote speech by Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land and property, the launch was attended by more than 100 private and public sector professionals, who debated the case for more concerted action from both the property industry and government on how to future-proof London’s built environment; from data transparency among industry to social integration and collaboration with London’s public.
The deputy mayor outlined initiatives to be led by the Mayor’s Office to address the carbon imprint of London’s existing building stock, including domestic, public and commercial buildings.
Two initiatives in the making stood out: a major retrofitting programme for schools and a pilot on energy use data transparency, modelled on New York’s experience. More is to be revealed in the coming months. Richard Blakeway said:
“There is clearly real potential to grow London’s low carbon economy and grow the jobs that that provides and the productivity that it creates.”
The panel debate, chaired by Richard Francis, director of environment & sustainability, Gardiner & Theobald, challenged speakers Mike de Silva (Crossrail Ltd), Paul Heather (Skanska Uk), Tatiana Bostells (Hermes Real Estate) and Peter Madden (Forum for the Future) and the audience on how we ‘build the city of tomorrow’ for London.
The debate concluded with a call from Victoria Thornton, founding director of Open-City for the profession to ‘be less passive’ and show ‘real vision’. It provided a suitably challenging introduction to Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking Week, starting on Monday 15th.
This programme of 50 free to attend, expert-led events aims to showcase, profile and debate some of the leadership and vision already happening in the public and private sectors of London. It provides a cross-sector forum for in-depth engagement, debate and professional development on sustainability for architects, planners, developers, contractors, local authority officers and councillors, amongst others, aiming ultimately to inform better decision-making.
Driven by practicality and applicability, each event gives an inside view from top experts, and industry leaders such as participants: Greater London Authority, Max Fordham, British Land, LB Islington, Bennetts Associates, Rockwool, and Paul Davis + Partners.
GREEN SKY THINKING WEEK IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL For full programme listing and booking details visit our website: www.greenskythinking.org.uk
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