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Beatie Wolfe visualises rising CO2 levels on Glasgow’s Armadillo building at COP26

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Beatie Wolfe artwork at COP26 projected onto on Glasgow's Armadillo building

Daily COP26 briefing: today’s COP26 briefing includes a projection artwork by Beatie Wolfe, a cement-free concrete tower and a talk by sustainable architecture expert Maria Smith.

Throughout COP26, we are publishing regular updates of what’s happening at the climate conference and surrounding events. See all our COP26 coverage here.

Beatie Wolfe projects climate change artwork on COP26 venue

Musician and artist Beatie Wolfe projected her artwork From Green to Red onto the SEC Armadillo, a 3,000-seat venue designed by Foster + Partners.

The projection, which reaches 34 metres in height and covers the entire facade of the distinctive building, visualises rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere based on 800,000 years of NASA data. An interactive version of the video installation was previewed exclusively on Dezeen last year as part of Virtual Design Festival.

“With this projection I wanted people to be able to see something that is often hard to visualise – that of rising CO2 levels – and for it to activate awareness in a way that goes in deep and imprints,” Wolfe told Dezeen. “And COP26 is the most impactful setting for this large-scale environmental protest piece.”

The SEC Armadillo, named for its resemblance to the armoured mammal, is part of the Scottish Event Campus where the COP26 conference is taking place.

UK has “no intention” of delivering net-zero pledges, Cambridge scientist tells RIBA climate conference

The UK’s net-zero strategy is as unrealistic as “magic beans fertilised by unicorn’s blood” and will fail to deliver the emissions reductions promised by 2030, according to Cambridge University engineering professor Julian Allwood.

Maria Smith to speak about building a sustainable London

Director of sustainability and physics at engineering studio Buro Happold Maria Smith is set to talk on a panel talk that will look at “how businesses can look beyond their own operations to implement low-carbon solutions that support the Greater London community”.

Hosted by non-profit organisation Aldersgate Group, the panel discussion will take place during the summit’s Cities, Regions and Built Environment day this Thursday.

Ramboll and Steuart Padwick unveil public art installation

Engineering and environmental consultancy Ramboll has collaborated with artist Steuart Padwick to create The Hope Sculpture, a three-part artwork that has been installed across different sites in Glasgow.

Designed to demonstrate more sustainable construction techniques, the main installation is a 23-metre-high tower made of cement-free concrete that is topped with the figure of a child.

This is accompanied by a pair of four-metre-high structures, made from spruce and reclaimed sheet steel respectively, that have been installed at Glasgow Central Station and Strathclyde University.

CLT manufacturer hosting talk with Google and World Green Building Council

CLT manufacturer Stora Enso will host a talk titled “How can construction contribute to solving the climate crisis?” on 11 November.

Panellists at the talk, which will be streamed online, are set to include Joe Van Belleghem, senior director of real estate at Google, Lendlease Europe CEO Neil Martin and Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council.

“We are at a tipping point in history,” said Stora Enso. “Construction has not seen a structural change since the industrial revolution. But today we have the chance to make a difference.”

COP26 takes place at SEC Centre in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. See Dezeen Events Guide for all the latest information you need to know to attend the event, as well as a list of other architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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