CAR Showrooms

CAR Showrooms have been held regularly since CAR was founded. They are open to all and showcase our current research and the work of people in related fields. Please contact Janet Owers to receive details of the latest Showroom.

Contact: 

Janet Owers
janet.owers@carltd.com
tel: 01223 460475

CAR30 Forums

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CAR Showrooms will resume in the Autumn.

In May CAR marked its 30th anniversary with a series of discussion forums at the Gwydir Street offices. People were invited to explore where we work, experience what we do, and find out who we are. The CAR30 events concluded with a party in the courtyard of its offices.

CAR 30

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We would like you to be part of our 30th Anniversary. You are invited to explore where we work, experience what we do and find out who we are. Come and take part in our discussion forums and, of course, enjoy our street party
(dancing neither requisite nor prohibited)!

15 February 2017

What have we learned from chasing earthquakes?

CAR directors Robin Spence and Stephen Platt
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CAR and the Martin Centre have been actively involved in post-earthquake reconnaissance missions since the early 1980’s. Robin Spence will consider what, if any, have been the benefits of this activity. Steve Platt will present an analysis of causal factors affecting the speed and quality of recovery after ten recent earthquakes.

7 December 2016

Embodied carbon in the built environment What does the evidence say?

Francesco Pomponi
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Francesco Pomponi presents his latest research findings on embodied carbon.

9 November, 2016

A cinematic approach to everyday life and architecture

François Penz
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François Penz hypothesises that film constitutes the most comprehensive lived-in building data in existence.

5 October, 2016

Doing Things Differenter

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Matt Bagnall and Alun Shooter from The District, a Cambridge-based design agency working in brand, digital, print and film.

20 July 2016

Architectonics of the Computational Image

Dr Daniel Cardoso Llach
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We regret this CAR Showroom has been cancelled.

1 June, 2016

Existing Buildings on Brownfield Sites: Demolish or Adapt?

Hannah Baker, CAR Associate
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Hannah Baker reviewed her PhD research at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. She discussed the benefits and drawbacks of demolition and adaptation.

20 April, 2016

Destructive Behaviour: teaching Design & Build through testing

Anderson Inge, AIA, FRBS, CAR Director
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Anderson Inge will review bespoke workshops developed for the Rural Studio, the AA, and the Ruskin School, enabling student teams to design & build public works of significant scale.

24 February, 2016

Housing Who?

Meredith Bowles, Director, Mole Architects
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Meredith Bowles will be reflecting on a number of Mole Architects' housing projects, and the ways in which assumptions have been made about how people will occupy these imagined homes.

27 January 2016

EdenApp: An Environmental Analysis Tool

Dr Ola Uduku and Gillian Treacy, University of Edinburgh
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Ola Uduku and Gillian Treacy, in collaboration with app developers at University of Edinburgh, have created EdenApp, a mobile phone application designed to teach students how to measure and interpret daylight factor in buildings.

18 November 2015

CAR@RA: The Artist and the Engineer

Philip Cooper, CAR Director
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Philip Cooper has been structural engineer to the Royal Academy for 20 years. This talk reveals some of his encounters with the artists, and how Burlington House has changed to provide modern environmental standards within its historic galleries.

21 October, 2015

Interferometry as a mitigation technique for flood risk

Evangelia Gkartzou, Harokopio University of Athens; Sotiria Zafeiriou, Rescue Global Management Services
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Satellite radar interferometry has proven to be a useful tool in the recording and monitoring of changes in the land. Consequently it allows the identification of increased risk zones so that preventive and response measures for flood can be developed.

23 September, 2015

High Speed 2

John Worthington
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Reflecting on Ambitions and Opportunities, the Independent Transport Commission’s review of the spatial effects of High Speed Rail, and after a long career of instigating change, John will explore the catalytic opportunities mega infrastructure projects provide to stimulate change.

22 July, 2015

The Historic and Current Use of Cambridge ‘Gault’ Brick

Anne Cooper
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Looking at the manufacture and use of Cambridge Gault bricks, Anne Cooper will outline approaches in response to loss of manufacture and the extension and repair of existing Cambridge Gault brick buildings.

2 July 2015

Using photosynthesis for direct electricity production in biological solar panels

Dr Paulo Bombelli
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Dr. Bombelli has pioneered the development of biological versions of photovoltaic panels, which he calls ‘biophotovoltaic’ (BPV) devices. Collaborations with designers have been established in order to embed BPV technology into everyday items.

20 May, 2015

Rural Homes and the Energy Gap

Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry
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CAR's Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry will describe their recently completed project for the Campaign to Protect Rural England on sustainable energy in the countryside.

15 April, 2015

Estimating the impacts of spatial planning on the potential of environmental technologies

Dr Tony Hargreaves
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CAR Associate Dr Tony Hargreaves will discuss a method of forecasting how spatial planning policies and the resulting urban densities affect the potential of environmental technologies using decentralised energy supply for dwellings as an example.

28 January, 2015

In time for tomorrow? Practical solutions to everyday denial

Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown
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Rosemary Randall, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who writes widely on the psychology of climate change, and Andy Brown, a director of CAR and an energy consultant, will present the thinking behind their nationally acclaimed Carbon Conversations project and introduce their new book, In Time for Tomorrow?.

3 December, 2014

Redline Boundary

Mark Smith, Director, MARK Architecture, Landscape & Urban Design and Design Fellow, University of Cambridge Department of Architecture
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Mark Smith will talk about his attempts to critically join in with the work of public agencies that shape places.

Change-of-Date: 29 October, 2014

Dying for Something to Eat

Katie Thornburrow, CAR Director
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Katie Thornburrow, CAR Director, discusses the links between urban design, food policy, and avian flu.

17 September, 2014

Creativity and Politics: Community Action at Mitcham’s Corner

Anne Cooper, Director, AC Architects Cambridge Ltd
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Mitcham’s Corner is designated as an ‘Opportunity Area’ in the Draft Cambridge Local Plan 2014, with a stated objective that any new development should contribute to the ‘human-scale’ aspect of the area. Anne Cooper, Chair of Friends of Mitcham’s Corner, will outline local efforts to raise awareness of Mitcham’s Corner as a distinct Cambridge community.

2 July, 2014

Thinking Fast Thinking Slow: Bridging the gap between research and practice in disaster recovery

Stephen Platt, Chairman, CAR
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Using a scenario planning game as a tool to improve communication between researchers and practitioners and to better understand what information disaster management decision-makers need.

14 May, 2014

Retrofit for the Future

Paul Rowley, CREST, Loughborough University
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Performance analysis of a case-study refurbished dwelling examining predicted vs. post-occupancy energy and CO2 performance.

26 March, 2014

Panacea or Unintended Consequences? The Green Deal, ECO and traditional buildings

John Preston, Historic Environment Consultant
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Introduction to the work of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance in challenging the suitability of new construction standards for older buildings.

27 February, 2014

Walking a Narrow Path

Oliver Caroe, Director, CAR and Caroe Architecture Ltd
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Walking a Narrow Path: A New Use and Servicing Strategy for the Grade I-Listed School of Pythagoras at St John’s College.

20 November, 2013

The Influence of Urban Densification on Travel Demand Patterns

Ian Williams
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Researchers at Cambridge’s Department of Architecture have long investigated how urban form may influence travel demand patterns but conclusive evidence on the strength of this relationship had proved elusive. Recent research within the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, Cambridge, has demonstrated that in many of the fast growing, larger English cities a number of previously stable long term travel trends have recently gone into reverse. In contrast, these long term trends have continued to evolve largely as before within the lower density areas of England.

23 October, 2013

The Architecture of Agreement

Jim Ross and Emily Partridge
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The K1 Cohousing group, with the support of CAR, intend to commission a Cohousing community consisting of between 36-40 dwellings, a common house and other shared facilities, on a one-hectare site in northwest Cambridge. Over the last nine months and through a series of workshops, Jim Ross and Emily Partridge have been working with the K1 Cohousing group to develop and agree their client brief. This talk will reflect on that process and some of the key outcomes.

25 September, 2013

Transforming Domestic Retrofit Markets

Aaron Gillich
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There is increasing focus on policies that incentivise a comprehensive range of retrofit solutions that form part of a lasting market transformation strategy. However, market transformation is multifaceted and poorly understood. This work applies the underutilised tool of policy theory evaluations to better understand the ingredients and indicators for lasting market transformation. This talk breaks down these indicators into three themes that are critical to any retrofit policy: outreach, workforce relations, and program synergies.

9 July, 2013

From Data to Design in New Bamboo

Helen Mulligan and Michael Ramage
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The worldwide search for sustainable solutions in the construction industry has turned to the possibilities of Structural Bamboo Composites. These seek to overcome the limitations of traditional bamboo building: lack of predictable performance, durability and dimensional standardisation. But basic information is lacking on many of these new products too. How then are designers to use them with confidence?

5 June, 2013

Power Cut: How can we save electricity in homes?

Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry
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DECC and DEFRA commissioned Cambridge Architectural Research to scrutinise the Household Electricity Survey – the most detailed monitoring of electricity use in UK homes ever undertaken. The Departments drew up a list of 30 lines of enquiry: how much power is used by different appliances in peak periods, how much could be switched to periods of lower electrical demand, where does electricity go when householders are asleep, and how much power is used when appliances are left on but not doing anything? More important still, how much electricity can we save and how?

22 May, 2013

Systems Games: From Control to Participation

Robin de Carteret
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We live in an increasingly uncertain world – with instability in climate, financial systems, and access to resources. Understanding the world as a complex, interdependent system will help us organise for resilience. This Showroom uses experiential activities that model complex systems and concepts such as feedback, emergence, chaos/stability and self-regulation interspersed with inspiring images and film clips of natural systems exhibiting complex emergent behaviour.

10 April, 2013

Structure as Reinforcement of Design Concepts and Qualities

Andrew Charleson
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This talk describes research in progress on an exploration of how building structure not only bears load, but also plays architecturally expressive roles. After elaborating upon the expressive potential of structure, case-studies from around the world illustrate how popular contemporary architectural concepts and qualities are reinforced by exposed structure.

27 February, 2013

Issues and Options for a Good City Plan: Accommodating Growth in Cambridge

Richard Owers
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The 2006 Local Plan recognised that Cambridgeshire has one of the fastest growing populations in Britain and set aside greenbelt land for development. Prior to this, growth was directed to the villages. The Local Plan is currently under review and the Cambridge Association of Architects has challenged the Council to produce a coherent spatial plan for the City.

30 January, 2013

Are Great Britain’s Homes vulnerable to Summer Overheating?

Amy-Alys Tillson
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With temperatures predicted to rise in the future, understanding the ability of existing domestic buildings to cope is becoming increasingly important. Using the Overheating Appendix of the Government's SAP2009 model, the housing stock's vulnerability to high internal summer temperatures was investigated. Various adaptation methods, such as installing external shutters, were then tested in order to establish their relative effectiveness as solutions.

5 December 2012

The Centre for Risk Studies: The Next Generation of Risk Models

Andrew Coburn and Simon Ruffle
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The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies is coordinating an innovative research programme into systemic risk: the impact of macro-catastrophes on the global networks and systems that underpin modern society. The project involves the development of a ‘taxonomy’ (a classification system) of potential threats that is being used to structure a catalogue and information resource on these threat classes. The project is also investigating financial, economic and social network systems.

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Predicted 2080 future summer climate
24 October 2012

Future-proofing for Climate Change

Sofie Pelsmakers
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Our climate is changing. As designers and planners of buildings and cities we have a duty to take climate change impacts into account. Doing so will help protect human life and comfort and conserve limited available resources and biodiversity. But how can we ‘future-proof’ our built environment, particularly when it is impossible to precisely predict future changes? Sofie Pelsmakers sets out some practical and robust design solutions and practices which should be practised today for a sustainable tomorrow.

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Christchurch town centre, February 2012
31 May 2012

Damage and Recovery in Christchurch

Stephen Platt and Roxane Foulser-Piggott
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Looking at damage patterns and tracking recovery helps plan reconstruction and mitigate future disasters. Roxane Foulser-Piggott is working on damage assessment from post event satellite imagery and Steve Platt went to Christchurch to see how the recovery is being managed after the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

28 March 2012

Energy and Housing

Jason Palmer and Martin Hughes
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CAR has been doing the main housing energy modelling for the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change for two years. Our work is used in Great Britain's Housing Energy Fact File, National Statistics, to answer questions in the House of Commons, and to plan the Department's work aimed at improving energy efficiency. However, there is considerable uncertainty in our work. How should we tell the Government?

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Unity Gardens
29 February, 2012

Real buildings, Real people, Real data

Jeremy Harrall, MD, SEArch Architects, Sustainable Ecological Architecture Ltd
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“We're living the dream! No energy bills, no heating bills, growing our own food; what more do we need?” Steve and Barbara Holmes, Unity Gardens, Long Sutton.

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Carolina Arriagada presents Tubul plans
1 February, 2012

Planning Recovery in Chile

Stephen Platt, Charman, CAR
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Disasters leave huge scars in people’s lives, the economy and infrastructure. Yet despite the damage there are opportunities to do some good – to ‘build back better’. This process of recovery involves planning, at both the national and international level and at the neighbourhood scale. Steve Platt went to Chile to see how CAR’s method of using satellite imagery might be used to aid planning and monitor recovery.

1 December, 2011

Understanding placemaking and professional ethics - are fractals the answer?

Stephen Hill, C2O Future Planners and CAR Associate
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Fractal systems occur in the natural world, and in real and virtual networks. People have to be psychologically conditioned to create non-fractal objects. Unfortunately that is just what our education system has been doing. Could we do better?

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Understanding the country house
19 October, 2011

Understanding the Country House

Jeremy Musson, Freelance writer and historic buildings adviser
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Jeremy Musson, architectural historian and author, considered different approaches to understanding the history of country houses and his experience of the process of revealing different narratives in these historic places.

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Housing Design Awards 2011
21 September 2011

Housing Design Awards 2011

David Birkbeck, Chief Executive, Design for Homes
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What do the hundreds of entries for the Housing Design Awards, the industry’s longest running housing design programme, tell us about emerging trends in layout and typology? David Birkbeck manages the Housing Design Awards for RIBA, RICS, RTPI, HCA-NHBC and the Government. He is one of ten judges of the Awards.

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Reflections from Malmo
27 July 2011

Reflections from Malmo

Adam Broadway, CAR Associate, Managing Director, Instinctively Green
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People often ask "Where is the most sustainable place?" Too often the reply is not in the UK, but in Europe. Malmo, famous for its Western Harbour re-development, is one quoted example. Adam was invited by the Building and Social Housing Foundation to join a study tour to find out how the city has earned such a reputation and see first hand the various examples of sustainability. This talk offers a personal reflection of Malmo supported by plenty of images to enable us to discuss why is it the Swedes can do it and we can’t.

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A Safer Route to Competent Sustainable Construction
29 June 2011

GreenSpec Studio: A Safer Route to Competent Sustainable Construction

Brian Murphy, Environmental Specification Consultant
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CAP'EM is an Interreg-funded project developing a low cost Life Cycle Assessment for 5 countries in NW Europe; assessing and cataloguing 100 eco products and 50 generic materials from SME manufacturers and developing a search engine for products in appropriate applications. GreenSpec Studio has been created to help mainstream designers select competent new build eco construction assemblies and populate them by choosing from 450 green products from GreenSpec product pages.

25 May 2011

When All the World’s a City: Prospects for the Next 100 Years

Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London
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In 1960, the systems theorist Heinz von Foerster wrote an article in Science magazine that suggested that given the rate of population growth over the last 10,000 years, the world’s population would effectively become infinite in the year 2026.

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2010 Merapi eruption, Java
11 May 2011

Perspectives on Volcano Catastrophe Risk: The 2010 Merapi Eruption, Java

Susanna Jenkins, CAR and Dr Peter Baxter
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The 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano in Java, Indonesia, resulted in the deaths of more than 350 people and the destruction of many km2 of populated area, mostly through contact with pyroclastic density currents (PDCs). The eruption provided a rare opportunity to collect empirical PDC impact data and a multi-disciplinary field mission was carried out in the immediate post-eruption phase (Nov-Dec) to investigate the nature and extent of the PDCs and associated impacts on buildings, humans and the environment.

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Capital Carbon - St John Fisher School, Peterborough
16 March, 2011

Counting the Capital Carbon: Why we should

Alice Moncaster, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering; Deputy Director, IDBE, Department of Architecture University of Cambridge
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A research programme at the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainable Development is developing a robust methodology for the capital (also known as embodied) carbon in buildings which is both valid and usable, with a new database of relevant information. This will form part of a whole life financial, energy and carbon costing tool. This talk described the methodology and database, discusses why policy has omitted to include capital carbon, and explains why it is crucial that research and industry now join together to make up for lost time.

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Il Redentore
17 November, 2010

The Interaction between Acoustics, Music and Architecture in Renaissance Churches in Venice

Dr Raf Orlowski, Director of Acoustics, Ramboll UK Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture, Sheffield University
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The talk is based on a unique research project carried out by the University of Cambridge over the last five years. Its outstanding feature is that it places equal emphasis on each of three key disciplines namely, architectural history, musicology and acoustics. The main questions that the study addresses are: How far did architects consider acoustic needs when designing new churches in Renaissance Venice and how far did composers take account of the acoustics of church interiors when writing sacred music.

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Health enhancing workplaces
21 October, 2010

Designing for Efficient Effective and Health Enhancing Workplaces

Dr Stamatina Rassia, Lecturer Portsmouth University, CAR Associate
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Can we design office environmental layouts to influence occupant physical activity and health?
Approach to environmental design: Experience it... sense it... monitor it... analyse it quantitatively... use it to inform design.

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Downdraught cooling
15 September, 2010

The Architecture and Engineering of Downdraught Cooling

Brian Ford, Chair in Bioclimatic Architecture, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham
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This talk described the results of a research and dissemination project partly funded under the EC IEE programme, and included reference to the design of the ‘Nottingham H.O.U.S.E.’ (House Optimising the Use of Solar Energy) at the Solar Decathlon Europe event in Madrid in June, 2010.

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Design review at CABE
15 July, 2010

Design Directions seen at CABE

Diane Haigh, Director of Design Review, The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
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CABE reviews the designs for the most significant schemes in the planning system. This gives a unique overview of current trends in architecture and urban design. It also provides a powerful basis for CABE's advice and campaigns to improve the design of towns and cities across the country.

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EEFIT mission to Haiti
24 June, 2010

EEFIT Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Mission to Haiti

Keiko Saito, CAR
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The Mw 7.0 Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010 caused devastating damage to the already improvised nation. Remotely sensed images were used for loss estimation as part of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment process. The field mission by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigating Team in April 2010 provided the opportunity to assess the accuracy of this damage assessment. Results from these assessment exercises were described.

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Internet communication
26 May, 2010

“What, you mean you’re still using email?”: A personal view of the past, present and future of Internet communication.

Mark Skipper, CAR Associate
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“What, you mean you’re still using email?”: A personal view of the past, present and future of Internet communication

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The magic of design
21 April, 2010

The Magic of Design… time to break free from the spell

Stephen Hill, Director, C2O future planners
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Has our thinking about what design is and is for become clouded by the magic dust of 'design quality': a spell of doubtful provenance and effectiveness? Ten years on from the creation of CABE and the gentle institutionalisation of design quality in public policy and public life, is it time to become rougher and tougher?

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