Future Comforts:
re-conditioning urban environments

Workshop at the Policy Studies Institute, London

29-30 January 2004

The workshop on 'Future Comforts' was designed to take stock of the challenges involved in constructing sustainable indoor environments and in renegotiating meanings and expectations of comfort in the context of climate change. One of the key issues addressed was how it might be possible to avoid situations in which responses to global warming involve ever-greater reliance on energy intensive air-conditioning systems. Workshop participants included building and social scientists, design professionals, property developers, government regulators and air conditioning manufacturers.

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