The talk saw Dezeen's editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs in conversation with Cécile Brisac, founder of Brisac Gonzalez, Christopher Trott, head of sustainability at Foster + Partners, and Cassie Sutherland, programme director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
The discussion focused on COP26 in Glasgow, which finished on 12 November. Fairs, Brisace, Trott and Sutherland discussed the outcomes of COP26 and what the built environment can take from it in order to reinvent cities.
The talk also discussed how practices can work to develop community-friendly environments and the challenges that stand in the way of architects and designers in light of COP26's outcomes.
The talk is part of three panel discussions that Dezeen is hosting and live-streaming as part of Build for Life, a free online conference organised by Velux.
Brisac graduated from the Architectural Association in London and founded London-based practice Brisac Gonzalez in 1999.
She has won numerous awards, including the ARHIVA Award for Women Architects in France, the AJ 40 under 40 Award in the UK and the NAJA Young Architects Award.
She is also a member of the Southwark Design Review panel and is an examiner at Central Saint Martins in London.
Trott has engineering degrees from both the University of Wales and the University of Glasgow.
Trott joined Arup in 1981 and joined Foster + Partners' engineering team in 2011. Now head of sustainability, he guides the practice's social, economic and environmental sustainability strategies.
He also runs a sustainable network at Foster + Partner, which intends to ensure that all staff are knowledgeable of the practice's sustainability principles.
Sutherland has degrees from Edinburgh University and Newcastle University. She is currently the programme director for energy and buildings at C40 Cities.
C40 Cities is an organisation that aims to "drive the world to avoid a climate crisis through the actions and leadership of the mayors of the world's leading cities".
Before joining C40, Sutherland led the London Environment Strategy, guiding the climate adaptation and sustainable development team, and managing London's climate risks and impacts.
Build for Life runs from 15 to 17 November
Build for Life is a digital conference that will see more than 90 experts from around the world discuss climate-related challenges in the built environment.
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