The RIAI has published a new sustainability report to address the impact of the built environment on climate change. The RIAI’s ‘Sustainability for the Current Global Environmental Crisis’ policy was published at the recently-held RIAI Conference.

The themes of this year’s RIAI Annual Conference were climate change, housing and placemaking. Among the speakers were award-winning Irish-American architect Lorcan O’Herlihy who delivered the keynote address on the topic of ‘Social Occupation’ and the responsibility that architects have to cities and the people who occupy them.

Kathryn Meghen, RIAI CEO said: “The themes for this year’s RIAI conference are Climate Change, Placemaking and Housing. The delivery of quality housing that builds sustainable communities and provides better homes in the right places is key. In our discussion of housing, we will present a number of new ideas including innovative housing and urban regeneration work in the US and how to create a sense of place in new residential schemes. By bringing together thought leaders and architects from across Ireland, we hope to encourage new thinking around what is a key challenge.”

Denise Maguire        
Editor  of  Plan Magazine