The recent climate strikes and Extinction Rebellion protests have pushed the vital issue of spiralling climate change once again to the forefront of discussion. Architecture has more to contribute to tackling this issue than most professions, but it continues to feature as a sidebar in many projects. Scott McAulay, coordinator of the Anthropocene Architecture School, believes that the education system can do much more.
Foster & Partner's Quartermile Development in Edinburgh is a prime example of a modern redevelopment project, with aspirations to elevate and repopulate an underused area of the city centre. Yet it also reflects a worrying trend in modern architectural design; the conflict between visual representations of architectural ideas and the built reality. Why do architects choose to lie to themselves?
In the wake of tragic vehicle-borne attacks in Nice and London, cities across the world are rushing to implement measures to protect their citizens. But these barriers risk turning historic cities into fear-inducing battlegrounds - is there a better way for architecture to protect us against terrorism?