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RIBA London LFA talk series: Caring for the planet

Join RIBA London architects as we celebrate the London Festival of Architecture with a series of evening talks and discussion panels, focused on the theme of Care. This talk will focus on caring for the planet.

By reducing embodied carbon, critiquing operational energy, and considering potable water, many of London’s architects are putting the climate emergency and sustainability at the forefront of their work. For this talk, RIBA London will explore examples of how care for the planet and consideration for the climate emergency can be embedded into projects, creating a greener London.

This event is part of the 2021 London Festival of Architecture.


Tara Gbolade – Gbolade Design Studio

Gbolade Design Studio puts a Design-led, Sustainable, Innovative, Community-centred and Commercially-minded at the heart of what it does. An early signatory to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Tara Gbolade will be presenting on the Hermitage Mews, a compilation of 8no. high-quality townhouses designed to be highly sustainable which is currently on site.


Like so many cities, London was shaped by fossil fuels: the energy to deliver its construction materials; light and temperature control; transportation networks and commuter sprawl. As a result, in 2020, human-made mass reached over 1 trillion tonnes, exceeding the entire mass of the natural world, and now we are in a climate and ecological crisis. We will discuss what care means for our city, what ACAN and the climate movement are doing about it, and the legacy we want to leave behind.

Laetitia Pancrazi and Catherine Ramsden - Useful Simple Trust

Useful Simple Trust develop and implement sustainability strategies and environmental design for major organisations and development projects. Laetitia will be presenting on the role of a sustainability consultant, setting targets, good practice, cost etc. Catherine will be offering tips and advice on how to implement and deliver sustainable schemes.

Studio Bark

Also an early signatory to our 2030 Challenge Studio Bark will be presenting on their new project No building as usual. No Building As Usual is a cross-sector live-build summer school addressing Diversity and the Climate Emergency. Studio Bark are coordinating the project, and are working with a student steering group to remove barriers to live-build participation, many of which reflect individual student's challenges to entering the sector. This summer, the diverse team of 10-12 students will build a new home in rural Herefordshire, living at working on-site for the duration of the 10 week build.

Please note this event will be recorded.

This event is sponsored by Ibstock