Amid the escalating climate crisis, the AJ launched the RetroFirst campaign in September 2019 to prioritise retrofitting existing buildings over demolition and rebuild. A year on and the campaign has more than 250 individuals, organisations and practices supporting the campaign, but where are we today in the effort to think ‘reuse first and new build second’, especially in light of the recent economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and what are the next steps in the drive to becoming a net zero carbon economy.
CHAIR: Will Hurst, Managing Editor, Architects’ Journal
PANEL: Dr Colin Beattie, Head of Sustainability, John Robertson Architects
Nicholas Boys Smith, Founding Director, Create Streets
Hannah Prowse, Head of National Projects, English Heritage
Mike Thomson, Associate, Arup
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