Lean, low-tech architecture is the future. The question is how we scale it

Portrait Ed Fowles

The days of high-tech are over. We need to make each building element work as hard as possible, says Edmund Fowles 

Contemporary architectural and material approaches need to counter the hangover of stylistic schools of thought produced by 20th-century movements such as high tech and modernism, which relished technological advancements through usually high-embodied carbon materials such as steel and concrete. 

We must recalibrate our industry’s attitude to more adequately address our climate and biodiversity emergency.

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