The Edge is a campaigning built-environment think tank and is multi-disciplinary in a landscape that is remarkable for the high number of single-discipline institutions it contains.
The built environment is a significant contributor to carbon emissions both in construction and use. It is imperative that these emissions are minimised. It is incumbent upon the professional institutions to take a lead here and particularly to work ever closer together towards this end. The Edge has made a great start in this.
Who we are
We have been described as a virtual institution. Started as a means of creating a shared space between the architectural and engineering institutions, the Edge was never going to fulfil this mission if it turned itself into yet another institution and squeezed into any space that is left. Instead we have existed as a voluntary group in temporary space with no staff and lots of stakeholders.
What we’re about
The Edge Debate is a process of thinking about how the built environment could be better. It involves the ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘where’ questions.
WHERE are we headed as an economy, as a society and as a polity and does our built environment help us or hinder us?
WHAT can we afford to build with the ever-diminishing amounts of carbon to which we are entitled?
WHY haven’t we been able to improve the built environment in the ways we know we should have: such as energy performance, simplified building and planning regulations, inter-institutional working, appropriate R&D investment and dealing with waste?
Latest - Edge Report 2013 (pdf)
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Books - Edge Futures
Debates (10 most recent)
- Edge Debate 80: Level 2 BIM; how’s it been for you?
- Edge Debate 79: Overheating in UK buildings – a disaster waiting to happen?
- Debate 78 - Heritage Capital
- Debate 76: Co-producing Neighbourhood Resilience, Sheffield
- Debate 75: ‘Generalist’ versus ‘Specialist’ - Learning for a Sustainable Built Environment, LSBU
- Edge Debate 77: Not invented here! R&D in Construction, Kings Cross
- Collaboration for Change: Manchester
- Collaboration for Change - Reading
- Debate 74: Building better places – who cares?, House of Lords
- Debate 73: EU Referendum - Environmental & climate change consequences for the built environment
- 5th Studio
- Adams Kara Taylor (AKT)
- Building Research & Information
- Buro Happold
- Carbon Coach
- Carbon Trust
- Chartered Institute of Building
- Construction Industry Council
- Cullinan Studio
- Davies Maguire + Whitby
- Designing Buildings Wiki
- Exploration Architecture
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Hoare Lea
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Jane Wernick Associates
- Max Fordham
- Mott MacDonald (Fulcrum)
- NCEUB Wiki
- Penoyre & Prasad
- Royal Instit. of Chartered Surveyors
- Scott Brownrigg
- Society for the Environment
- The Architects Practice
- The Building Centre
- The Institution of Structural Engineers
- The Ove Arup Foundation
- Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)
- UCL Energy Institute
- Usable Buildings Trust