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Chris Loyn wins prestigious architecture award

Chris Loyn is a guest lecturer on the Professional Diploma in Architecture course at the Centre for Alternative Technology. His designs for Stormy Castle have just won a Manser medal. Big congratulations to Chris and his practice. Chris has run a drawing practical on CAT’s architecture part II course for several years. The purpose of the practical is to ‘re-value’ the act of drawing by hand as we feel “ design emerges through the graphic rumination of drawings…” so... Read More ››

Meet the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment students….

MEET the new REBE’s ! (Renewable Energy in the Built Environment) Students… Dashing between lectures, I managed to catch a quick word with some of the people studying on the MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment masters at CAT. Who are they, why did they come and what do they want? Charming and professional it seemed like they were in thinking mode and it was only by the skin on my teeth that I (a media and marketing... Read More ››

Zero Carbon Powys

Seven years ago CAT first published a vision for Zero Carbon Britain. Since then our research has developed to the point where we have a technically robust scenario detaining how we could achieve it. The research looks at how we use our land, the mix of renewable sources, food and diets, cutting energy consumption, electrification and balancing supply and demand. This week that vision was made global as even the conservative IPCC said emissions will have to fall to... Read More ››

University Challenge

Calling all students, The BBC TV program  University Challenge is looking for teams for 2015-16. If you are interested in being invovled, or have a good idea who should be contact the CAT media department. A team is made up of 4 people ( plus a reserve member) We can submit as many teams as we like but only 1 team will be chosen for the program.  Nationally around 100 teams apply per year but only 28 get chosen, pre... Read More ››

Community led design as standard

James Irvine is a student on the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) Professional Diploma in Architecture (Part II) course. Here he reports on the second residential period at CAT, where students have been applying the principles of community engagement.  I travelled through to CAT from Lincoln on Sunday to arrive late in Machynlleth. During the final leg of the journey I actually managed (after rectifying a brief lapse of concentration – or getting on a train to Sheffield instead... Read More ››

Imagining a climate resilient community

Anna Cooke-Yarborough reports on the latest part of the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation course, which included sessions on permaculture with Chris Dixon and Ruth Stevenson, Values with Elena Blackmore (Common Cause) and Sustainable Architecture Practice with Sunand Prasad (ex president of RIBA). The second part of the first module was ‘Context and Planning’ and our task for the week was to envisage a climate resilient community on the land around Castell y Bere. This is a castle initially constructed... Read More ››

Renew Wales wins community category at Wales Green Energy Awards

Renew Wales, a project all about supporting communities developing renewable energy projects in Wales, has won an award in the coveted Wales Green Energy Awards. CAT is a partner in the Renew Wales project, providing training and support. Peter Davis, Sustainable Development Commissioner for Wales commented on the project: Kit Jones, Media Officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology said: “Over the next few decades we are going to have to completely overhaul energy infrastructure across Wales. There is... Read More ››

Catalan independence is about energy as well as politics

Paul Allen, who heads CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project, is in Girona Province talking about the possibility of Zero Carbon Catalonia.  From almost every balcony, rooftop or garden, flags have been flying the hopes and dreams of their owners, for the 9th of November is decision day for Catalonia. In many ways the decision of the central Spanish Government to refuse an official referendum on independence for Catalonia has deepened their resolve to press ahead, albeit with a less... Read More ››

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