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Architecture Unwrapped

As you will have seen in recent news, the RIBA recently declared a Climate Emergency to acknowledge the urgent need for action to address climate change across the construction industry. (bit.ly/ca78climate) This prompted us to consider what we at the Cambridge Association of Architects can do to help address the climate and biodiversity crisis at local branch level, ranging from consideration of how we organise events, to minimising waste and our use of materials.

One of the main projects undertaken by the CAA each year is the biannual publication of “Cambridge Architecture” charting local news and issues relevant to the profession and wider community.

In recent years, we have reduced the footprint by using a recyclable plastic wrap for distribution of the publication, however the effect this has can only go so far. Despite labelling, not everybody would necessarily realise that the plastic wrap could be recycled, resulting in potentially recyclable material going into general waste in error.

How can we make a difference?

We consulted with our publishers, CPL, on possible alternatives to the plastic wrap. Options included paper envelopes, plant-based wraps made from potato starch, or removing the wrap completely.

Whilst a potato starch wrap sounds appealing, the wrap must still be disposed of correctly; either in food waste or used for compost. Worse still, inadvertently placing the wrap in general recycling potentially contaminates other materials, meaning less recycling and more general waste!

We also considered paper and other materials but, ultimately, the best way to minimise waste is to avoid creating it in the first place.

That’s why we unwrapped this edition of Cambridge Architecture for you.

In addition to the “unwrapped” edition, we have also reduced the paper thickness, minimising the amount of material used in the production and reduce the overall weight of each edition.

We hope you will agree that these small changes are worthwhile, particularly when multiplied over the number of copies printed and distributed each edition.

We would, of course, welcome your feedback either via email (editors@cambridgearchitects.org) or Twitter @RIBACambridge and if you get the chance, please tweet us @CamArchitecture with a photo of your new edition using the hashtag #ArchitectureUnwrapped so we can see how well it survived the post!

- The Editors

Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD Consultation

Just before we headed off for our annual top-up of vitamin D, re-energise our minds and rekindle creative juices, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning issued a consultation DRAFT for Sustainable Design and Construction, that will go beyond current Building Regulations standards for Cambridgeshire.

The consultation DRAFT dated July 2019 is due to close soon...

It's a future HOW TO GUIDE for sustainability within Greater Cambridge that aims to drive up standards in the abscence of National Policy on sustainability. Once approved, it will take centre stage of future development policy.

Who will it affect?

  • Major developments

More than -

  • Nine residential units
  • 0.5 Hectares (residential) and 1.0 Hectare sites (other uses)
  • 1000 square meters of built floor space

The DRAFT document is not a light read and it currently proposes some significant proposals for future designs to demonstrate they'll meet the standards at the planning application stage. But who will provide the governance, the enforcement, the necessary additional resources demanded by such policy? Will it nurture innovation or stifle creativity?

Consultation deadline: 5pm Monday 23 September 2019

Contact Us Communications@Cambridgearchitects.org if you'd like to contribute to the CAA's response.

You will no doubt be aware of the forthcoming Global Climate Strike taking place on 20th September 2019. Greta Thunberg, who pioneered the school strike for climate movement, has invited everyone to support the youth climate strikers and make a stand for climate justice.

Join the UKGBC in London

For those willing to travel to London we recommend joining with the UKGBC who is calling upon their members and other supporters from the built environment sector to meet at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, at 11:45, with the intention of marching to the main demonstration in Westminster.

Cambridge - CAM YS4C

Closer to home join supporters with CAM YS4C walking from Shire Hall 10.30 - King's Parade 11.30

Together we will make a difference - CAA

New RIBA CPD platform

The RIBA has updated the ten mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practise architecture now and in the future.

As part of the RIBA's enhanced member offer for 2019, the RIBA made some significant improvements to the CPD recording platform, with the goal of improving your experience and making recording CPD easier for you.

What's improved?

  • You only need to sign in once rather than twice
  • It’s much easier to use than the old platform: no more frustrating problems
  • Your progress is shown through helpful charts and graphs
  • You can download your records and dashboard
  • It’s mobile friendly, allowing you to add activities on the go - at the end of a CPD session, on your commute, or wherever and whenever is convenient for you

So far users spend on average 1 minute 33 seconds recording a CPD activity, which indicates just how quick and easy it is.



Design Awards

Twenty-three buildings and a masterplan for a new urban district in Cambridge have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2019 Awards.

This year's local shortlisted practices include:

Abode at Great Kneighton phase 2, by Proctor and Matthews Architects

Cambridge Assessment, by Eric Parry Architects

Eaton Socon Preschool, by Devlin Architects

Eddington Lot 1, by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, by Jamie Fobert Architects

Marmalade Lane Cohousing, Cambridge, by Mole Architects

North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Eddington, by Robin Lee Architecture

Pavilion extension, nr Cambridge, by Ashworth Parkes Architects

Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, The Perse School Cambridge, by Haworth Tompkins

Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, by Stanton Williams

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College, by Walters & Cohen Architects

Wesley House Theological College, Cambridge, by Cowper Griffith Architects

Pavillion extension by Ashworth Parkes

50 Year Anniversary of the Cambridge Central Conservation Area

'Conservation should not be a minority activity', says Duncan Wilson OBE, Heritage England CEO

Cambridge City Council in collaboration with Heritage England, Cambridge Past Present and Future gave us an insight into the foundations behind our Conservation Areas and an empassioned call for public awareness.

A public vote awarded the Jerwood Library by local practice Freeland Reece Roberts, for the best new Conservation, Alteration or Extension building within the Central Conservation Area over the last 50 years.