INTBAU World Congress
in association with TAG

Local Solutions to Global Challenges
London, 18-19 February 2015

World Congress





The final Congress session opened with The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, chair of the UK Independent Committee on Climate Change. Lord Deben spoke about climate change and its impacts from his uniquely well-informed perspective, and also focused on the significance of climate change for our fragile built environments. Present treasures, decarbonising electricity production

The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman, was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. His experience as an international negotiator has earned him worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists.
Lord Deben went into government from business, where he had first been a publisher and then chairman of a medium sized public company, specialising in distribution and communication resources. In 1997, he established Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.


  • Spending on undeveloped countries should be considered a long term defence
  • A culture dominated by fashion and celebrities ignores these real issues
  • This commission, the UK Independent Committee on Climate Change is concerned with the long term
  • Climate change is a fascinating area
  • I studied my son’s history of the Black Death
  • No one knew what was happening
  • It was spread by humans not rats. Church leaders proposed pilgrimages and communions as cures
  • 97% of climatologists say human beings cause climate change
  • The science is as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer
  • In the black death people were not responsible because they were ignorant
  • Politicians are driven by events
  • Long term policy to fight climate change has to be international
  • We must recognise what are the values we are trying to protect
  • Being brought up in beautiful surroundings is important but so is climate change
  • We are lucky to be born in a period when for the first time since the renaissance we are no longer imperialists
  • Now we must  work for consensus for one country cannot be made to pay the price
  • The brotherhood of man should before the fatherhood of god
  • Now climate change creates this imperative
  • Must learn to live with EU
  • An exciting time, the  world is changing
  • We must live with neighbours in way we have not done before
  • It is not worth preserving the human race unless we preserve the best of the human race
  • A depth of response is necessary that we have not known before
  • We are called to be a race that can know and can learn for what we know – to be truly human
  • We are called to have strength we have rarely been asked to have before


Summary Notes

  • The region is probably the unit people identify with. The region is often older that the nation
  • The minute you enter into collective identity you enter into the collective memory
  • Traditions tend to have historical depth
  • Ceremonies use old clothing to give identity
  • These often get made up. Eg. For the Court of Human Rights. They need to suggest depth
  • In architecture porticos are dressing up in a similar way
  • Use of local materials as arts and crafts architects do is often symbolic and not the cheapest
  • Think in terms of Breadth and Depth
  • Modernism had universal breath but no depth
  • You cancel out depth
  • In the 60s people got a shot in the arm by globalisation and brands and symbols became global
  • Modernism started to achieve unlimited breadth – anonymity – no sense of-place
  • Architects had to deal with this
  • Critical regionalism was a superficial response the need for locality
  • We need to make symbolic homes eg Poundbury
  • New Urbanism came along to deliver identity, breadth and depth – and more complexity