As part of our ongoing commitment to battling the global climate crisis, dRMM has launched its first internal Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Forum. Occurring as a regular, studio-wide discussion, the fora will address key objectives and strategies relating to dRMM’s involvement with the Architects Declare initiative, as well as our ongoing practical and research-led contribution to the wider climate crisis action movement.
The first discussion focused primarily on dRMM’s Architects Declare commitments – chiefly, to find evidence-based solutions for designing net-zero carbon buildings rapidly and decrease the construction industry’s impact on the UK’s emissions (currently measured at 35-40%). The forum also discussed the team’s collective efforts towards reducing its carbon footprint, and how the studio can bring clients, consultants and stakeholders on board with promoting best practice for whole-life carbon design. Forum #01 was about looking at what we do right; what we can do more of; and what we can do better.
Sharing knowledge and making better use of existing tools were identified as key actions, whilst building on the studio’s longstanding championing of sustainable materials and lateral thinking was the leading take-away for the team. “We need to use our imagination – that’s our weapon,” director Alex de Rijke said on the subject of building more sustainably, “being more sustainable means designing more interesting buildings”. The sourcing and application of sustainable materials and construction is core to dRMM’s DNA, from its early introduction of engineered timber into the industry, to the studio’s regenerative RIBA Stirling Prize Winning project, Hastings Pier, and its use of reclaimed timber.
dRMM’s second Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Forum will take place following a month-long series of internal events related to climate action, including CPD talks and an upcoming walking tour with Paul Wood, author of ‘London is a Forest’.