1. Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1997, and posted on http://unfccc.int
To dare and dare again
audacity is a campaigning company that advocates developing the man-made environment, free from the burden of 'sustainababble' and 'communitwaddle'.
audacity organises authoritative international research, large conferences, a provocative website and a dynamic school of writers, public speakers and photographers. Read us, listen to us, write for us and sponsor us with cash!
While James, James and Ian write for www.audacity.org for free and in a fully independent spirit, they charge clients full commercial rates for the exercise of that spirit elsewhere!
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audacity continually challenges the worldwide discussion of:
audacity challenges the doctrine that, in construction as elsewhere, 'if it gets measured, it gets managed'. As Joseph Stalin proved in the old Soviet Union, it is possible to have Key Performance Indicators for everything, and a dreadful performance in everything too.
audacity challenges advocates of sustainability to justify their pessimistic views, as well as the regulation and litigation these views encourage. Have any of them actually read the 28 Articles and two Annexes of the 11 December 1997 Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate - the Kyoto Protocol? (1)
audacity challenges advocates of community to drop their elitist schemes for social engineering, and instead learn a little about real engineering.
audacity believes that the mass manufacture of homes, in Britain, China and elsewhere, could be the answer to the UK's crisis of affordable housing. Both New Labour and a myriad environmental lobby groups seem more intent on preserving redundant farmland in Britain than in allowing its inhabitants to have decent, spacious accommodation. Yet the mass manufacture of high quality, low price housing for the UK would bring enormous economic benefits:
Many prejudices against the manufacture of homes still exist today, half a century after the botches of the 1960s:
Unless we want people to live on top of each other for decades, the mass manufacture and rural installation of macro flats and houses is the only alternative to political correctness in housing policy.
Mass manufacture of homes could also mean outstanding design, and ingenious technology.
Historically, 'prefabs' have often been temporary, poorly constructed units with little or no aesthetic appeal. Yet Apple's iPod has shown that mass production need not compromise design quality. As people become more design-conscious, mass manufacture will be the only means of meeting their needs and requirements.
People living in the mass-produced houses of the future can expect:
In the same way that cars come with the latest in satellite navigation devices and leading-edge sound systems, tomorrow's houses will also be equipped, at the manufacturing stage, with:
With mass manufacture, homes will finally become subject to the same expenditures on Research and Development (R&D) as are enjoyed by today's computers or pharmaceuticals.
audacity believes that it's both possible and necessary for architecture and construction to move into the twenty-first century.
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audacity.org began work with a public exhibition and conference in July 2000 to critically explore sustainability in construction. This was a part of the launch event of the Institute of Ideas, dedicated to creating a new arena for critical thinking and the space for a robust exchange of views. The edited transcripts of the themed presentations are available on this website, and we thank the speakers and the attendees for their enthusiasm and insight.
We are also grateful to the Royal Institution in London. The Ri through www.molecularuniverse.com and Accelrys at www.accelrys.com are kind enough to grant us use of their molecular model images to provide a theme to this website. The graphic idea came from the film Powers of Ten, produced by Charles and Ray Eames in 1977 with IBM sponsorship.
Probably the best known of the Eames Films, Powers of Ten starts at a one metre square image of a picnic. The camera moves 10 times further away every 10 seconds, reaching to the edge of the universe; then the journey is reversed, going 10 times closer each ten seconds, reaching the interior of an atom by travelling through the man's hand, and returning to the human scale of the picnic. The portrayal of the human scale of action and contemplation at the centre of everything in the known universe appealed as a theme for the website. The intention remains to develop the website graphics, and include images of space exploration alongside the molecular models. For that we need commercial sponsorship.
A wealth of publicly available material from NASA is accessible on the internet to complement the graphics from Ri and Accelrys. We are sure there is much more available. If you would like to help us on a voluntary basis in establishing web-links and improving the graphic content of this site, please contact Ian Abley. We will be pleased to hear from you.
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