1st Edition

Design Studio Vol. 1: Everything Needs to Change Architecture and the Climate Emergency

Edited By Sofie Pelsmakers, Nick Newman Copyright 2021
    168 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Want to keep up with emerging design thinking and issues worldwide? Design Studio is a new thematic series that distils the most topical work and ideas from schools and practices globally. The first volume launches with a statement: Everything Needs to Change. Exploring architecture and the climate emergency, editors Sofie Pelsmakers (author of Environmental Design Sourcebook) and Nick Newman (climate activist and Director at Studio Bark), are channelling the message of Greta Thunberg to inspire, enthuse and inform the next generation of architects. Featuring articles, building profiles and case studies from a range of leading voices, it explores solutions to climatic, environmental and social challenges. It urges readers to radically rethink what it means to be an architect in an era of climate crisis, and what the role of the architect is or can be. Discover how using local materials, working with nature, radical design processes, transformative learning and activism can help us find hope in the burning world. Together, we can force change for a more sustainable and equitable tomorrow. This first volume is produced in four unique fluorescent colours – green, red, yellow and purple – to be your own poster for change.

    Editor's Note

    Creating Change with Impact: An Architect’s Manifesto

    Dorte Mandrup

    Not Opposites: A Conversation with Hiroshi Sambuichi on Architecture and Nature

    Andrew Barrie

    Think Before You Build

    Kari Kytölä, Paulina Sawczuk and Satu Huuhka

    Movement Building: Activism in an Age of Crisis

    Tom Bennett

    The Sponge City: Planning, Design and Political Design

    Kongjian Yu

    Radical Design Processes and Rethinking the Architect’s Role

    Mario Kolkwitz and Elina Luotonen

    Transforming Education in a Climate Emergency

    Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN)

    Architectural Learning for a Sustainable Future

    Elizabeth Donovan, Urszula Kozminska, Nacho Ruiz Allen and Thomas R. Hilberth

    Hope in the Burning World

    Kasia Nawratek

    Towards a Zero Carbon Architecture: Clay Field, Suffolk, UK; Goldsmith Street, Norwich, UK; Housing for City of York, UK

    Mikhail Riches

    Radical Sustainable Architecture: Kingsdale School, London, UK

    Alex de Rijke, dRMM

    Co-housing Project: Vindmøllebakken, Stavanger, Norway

    Siv Helene Stangeland, Helen & Hard Architects

    Implementing Sustainability: Upcycle Studios, Ørestad, Denmark; Resource Rows, Ørestad, Denmark; Olympic Pavilion, Tokyo, Japan; UN17 Village, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Anders Lendager, Lendager Group

    A Choreography of Bricks: School of Dancing Arches, Bhadran, India

    Samira Rathod

    Adaptation Out of Necessity: Cuba

    Anyana Zimmerman

    Sustainability is Not Enough: SBRC, University of Wollongong, Australia; Burnwood Brickworks, Melbourne, Australia; The Paddock, Castlemaine, Australia

    Stephen Choi

    Final Word


    Sofie Pelsmakers is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture at Tampere University, Finland. She is an environmental architect, educator and author of the Environmental Design Pocketbook (sold 5,000 copies over two editions).

    Nick Newman is Director of award-winning practice Studio Bark and U-Build. Nick is a Passivhaus Designer who speaks regularly at events on behalf of the studio and was named a ‘Rising Sustainability Star’ by Building magazine in 2014.