This is a must-listen episode for all the architects and business owners who want to learn how we can face the challenges of climate change in a creative way. We are joined by Craig Applegath, host of the Twenty First Century Imperative, a podcast that explores how we will continue to live on our planet without destroying our biosphere..
“What’s timeless is ideas about how things should be created to have the most positive impact and where things are timeless”
Architect, urban designer, and zero-carbon building pioneer, Craig is a founding partner of Dialog studio. Having trained first as a biologist, he is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Craig has focused his career on leading complex, sustainable planning and design projects. He is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities, as well as mass timber design—exemplified by the recent Centennial College Zero-Carbon Mass Timber project.
Are you looking to create buildings that are timeless?
If you look back over the last couple of millennia buildings that have been made of stone, basically
pyramids, the Pantheon in Rome, the Roman aqueducts, the cathedrals. So you think, okay, that’s interesting. So we’re not going to talk about creating buildings out of stone anymore because the next thousand years, unfortunately, is going to be a lot more discontinuous, irregular than the last thousand years. Climate change is going to have huge and very, very problematic impacts upon the world, the physical world, our world, how we experience the world, whether it’s going to be a lot more energetic, the storms are going to be more powerful and more frequent.
So we’re going to have to design buildings that can withstand that. And so one of the things we’re looking at as well, buildings may not be able to, no matter what they’re made of, be able to be near the ocean, unless they can be moved. So maybe a thousand year building is a building that can be moved or can be put on a, on a truck and move, or it can be taken apart in pieces and moved. So we’re starting to look at what longevity really is. And so it’s an exploration of longevity in an age when longevity is a real challenge. So that’s, that’s where we’re going with that. So timeless, it is more of an ideal as opposed to reality, but I think one of the things that feels like it’s timeless is some of the materials, the natural materials like stone and Lakewood.