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Engineers and architects unite to save the planet


ENGINEERS AND architects will gather next week to debate how to work together more effectively to tackle climate change through a single powerful response from the numerous institutions serving the industry.

The debate, titled 'What did you do in the thaw daddy?', will see professionals from the ICE, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) tackle current divisions head on.

'The cultural tension between architects and engineers is one of the things that makes construction tick, ' said organiser Adam Poole.

The debate is being organised by Edge, an independent committee that works to bring construction professionals together.

'To generalise, architects are expected to have a vision for the whole project while engineers, who exist in a multitude of institutions, are expected just to focus on making that vision work, ' explained Poole. 'As with buildings, so it is with climate change.' He argued that for architects, the requirement to have a vision logically extends to the whole planet. 'They are comfortable about entering the policy arena and supporting one policy over another, ' he said.

In contrast, he said, engineers tended to fear stepping outside their area of expertise for fear of the risk it could bring to their reputation.

The debate will be held at the ICE on Monday at 6pm.

To request an invitation or for more information contact jane. powell@whitbybird. com

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