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Environmental emergencies

IN NO LESS THAN THREE editorials in under a year, Chris Barton has repeatedly flagged his concern around the lack of any real response from the architectural community addressing climate emergency. While addressing the negative effects of demolition and construction on our planet’s health, he has dismissed the usual arguments for ‘progress’ to instead focus on pure environmental responsibility (‘On Longevity’, Issue 4, July/August 2019), as well as critiquing the effectiveness of the Architects Declare movement1 (‘On Declarations’, Issue 6, November/December 2019).

A third recent editorial addressed the same topic (‘On Complacency’ March/April 2020, Issue 2), this time in a slightly less diplomatic tone. After several attempts to prompt some kind

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