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Professor Ruth Dalton measuring joy and the Revai G-Whiz

Season 1, Ep. 11

We discuss sustainable design and architecture with Professor Ruth Dalton. Covering her early experience of the importance of sustainability in the 1980s architecture school, her favourite local building and some aspects of design that could be added to sustainable assessment of buildings. Ruth also tells us of her experience with that 1990s London favourite the Revai G Whiz. It works in London but not so much in Milton Keynes. Oh, I should say it contains some mild swearing.

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