London 2017

Steve Cadman, Robin Hood Gardens, London

Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally


Dates: 09 – 10 February 2017

Place: London South Bank University


Keynote Speaker: Paul Allen

Project Coordinator, Zero Carbon Britain, Centre for Alternative Technology.

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Keynote Speaker: Professor Andy Ford

Director. Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). 

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CEREB is London South Bank University’s unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment, hosting a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions. CEREB runs courses and has various research programmes.


Conference Programme:




Keyworth Centre, Southwark Campus, London South Bank University, Keyworth Street, SE1 6NG Tel: +44 (0)20 7815 6817   |   Travel details and maps.  |  Downloadable Map

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Estimates of the building industry’s contribution to world carbon emissions reach as high as 30% worldwide – with figures on energy consumption in the region of 40%. Given the scale of the industry’s contribution to these figures it is obvious that we cannot ensure a sustainable planet without addressing the practices, materials and legacy of our building industries, our cites and our buildings.

However, key to a sustainable future are also related social questions. The sustainability of communities is one of the most basic components of the quality of life and opportunity.  Badly planned developments can not only lead to the destruction of habitats, they bring unaffordable housing, displaced communities and negative effects on physical health.

Hosted in London, this conference is concerned with the broad range of issues that affect the cities of advanced economies, the metropoles of new economic powerhouses, and the conurbations of the developing world.



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In a context of resurgent commercial construction in industrialised economies, increased government targets for the building of houses across Europe, and the UN Environment Programme argument that we need to cut the world’s carbon emissions to zero by 2064 this conference has multiple aims. It seeks to share advances in the retrofitting of houses in the UK, new ideas for environmentally efficient buildings from Sweden, and the latest developments in Zero Carbon construction from the United States.

It also welcomes questions on issues like the self-build practices of housing and urban developments in the outskirts of Rio; how solar technologies employed in office buildings in Melbourne can be appropriated for residential buildings in Georgia or Moscow? Do low-tec flood defences in Sri Lanka offer ideas for the floodplain developments in the UK?

Issues and questions such as these can also be framed in larger contexts: What initiatives are Western governments supporting to meet carbon reduction targets? How can the developed commercial housing markets of Europe and North America profitably incorporate more sustainable practices? What are the emerging environmental building practices from the Pacific Rim that are most applicable in the global north? Can Europe’s building industry offer technical assistance to other nations, open new markets and learn from old techniques simultaneously?



Premised on the argument that environmentally sustainable building cannot be be divorced from broader issues and social impacts, the issues of this conference are clearly broad. However, the starting point is the practical effects and actions we can take from the standpoint of design and construction in three specific areas:

1. Housing; 2. Commercial Buildings; 3. Urban Design and Cities


Within this context the variety of themes it suggests include (but are not limited to):

Sustainable construction; Eco-retrofitting; Resilience; Adapting to climate change; Building sustainability assessment tools; Construction Engineering; Eco-materials and technologies; Life cycle analysis etc.

Affordable housing; design for life; sustainable communities; effective public transit; low-tec, low-cost self -build, participatory planning; social inclusion etc.

The conference welcomes international contributions from across sectors, such as: environmental engineers, sustainable architects, urban planners, infrastructure designers, building technologists, policy makers and others.



Key Dates:

30 October 2016: Abstract Submissions   |    15 November 2016:  Abstract Feedback    |   20 January 2017:  Registration closes

Key Dates: 09-10 February 2017

15 April 2017: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)   |    01 July 2017: Feedback for publication    |    01 October 2017: Publication of Full papers




The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats: …………………

Conference Presentations (20 minutes)

Written Papers (3,000 words) *

Alternative Proposals Pecha Kucha; short films; photo essays etc.

In-person and virtual presentations (via Skype, etc.) are welcome.



Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.

* 3,000 word papers will be published online and later in an e-book. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal. Delegates submitting papers on the issue of housing will be considered for publication in the UCL Press the book series Housing-Critical Futures. 

All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer reviewed.


Submissions and Registration:

For more details:

– Download Submission Form: Abstract Form_Living and Sustainability

.Delegate Fee: £190

Audience Fee: £90


Full Registration details to be announced in November.

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Held in the Department of Built Environment and Architecture of London South Bank University this conference is open to engineers, designers, housing professionals, building industry representatives, contractors, policy makers, social scientists, planners, urban designers and more.

This event is organised by the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society); its academic journal Architecture_MPS; and the London South Bank University.  It forms part of the AMPS program of events, Housing – Critical Futures.

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Images: Steve Cadman, Robin Hood Gardens, London; Kounosu, Dharavi, Mumbai; Jim Linwood, Petticoat Lane, London: United Nations Press Conference on Climate Change