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The School of Architecture will host the Reading Climate Forum on the evening of 17 November 2016, 6 - 8 pm.
The Forum is part of a series of informative and networking meetings around climate change (risks, mitigation and adaptation), promoted by the Greater Reading Environmental Network and funded by the Reading Climate Action Network. The topic to be discussed is the effect that Architecture and Urban design has on new buildings and refurbishments to achieve low environmental impact. The discussion will focus on multiscale and multidimensional approaches across the built environment, as a precondition for environmentally sound and socially meaningful design.


The event will be structured around three steps corresponding to different modalities of discussion. In the first part complementary research perspectives on the topic will be presented. A pitch session will introduce different views from practice professionals. A round table on "Local issues and local plans" with the public will conclude the Forum. Upon registration, participants will have the opportunity to submit a question for the round table.
The evening is organized by Dr. Daniela Perrotti and Professor Lorraine Farrelly (School of Architecture), in collaboration with the Greater Reading Environmental Network.


6.00 - 6.10 Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Lorraine Farrelly - School of Architecture, University of Reading
John Booths, Greater Reading Environmental Network and Reading Climate Change Partnership

6.10 - 6.50 Research Perspectives

Dr. Daniela Perrotti - School of Architecture, University of Reading
Urban metabolism knowledge for resource-efficient environmental design
Prof. Tim Dixon - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading
City visions and resilience: developing future proof thinking
Dr. Zhiwen Luo - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading
Architectural and urban resilient design to extreme weather events

6.50 - 7.15 Practice Pitches

Piers Taylor - School of Architecture, University of Reading / founder Invisible Studio
Low impact and low energy timber buildings: locality, frugality and materials
Tim O'Callaghan - School of Architecture, University of Reading / director Nimtim Architects
Consultation and scenario testing for improved adaptability of buildings: waste and energy costs of demolishing and rebuilding.
Penelope Plaza - School of Architecture, University of Reading / co-founder CollectiVoX
Architects as catalysts of creative resistance: social resilience, tactical urbanism and the right to a sustainable city.
Associate Prof. Oliver Froome-Lewis - School of Architecture, University of Reading / founder Touching the City
Low Impact City: the importance of comparing financial, social, environmental and cultural values

7.15 - 8.00 Round table Local issues and local plans

Chair Prof. Lorraine Farrelly



Reading Climate Forum



17 November 2016


Doors open at 17:45. Forum starts at 18:00



G07, School of Architecture, the Old Library Building L046 
London Road Campus


Admission is free.


To register your attendance, please complete the form below.

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