The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS) graduated from Cambridge Social Ventures in March 2021.
The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS) aims to reduce the exposure and vulnerability of communities and environments to natural/human induced hazards, particularly those resulting from or exacerbated by climate change.
Their work in this field is facilitated and undertaken through design, research and training initiatives which highlights the causes or consequences of hazards and showcases strategies for adaptation and resilience to these threats. Their services in these areas include:
- design: strategic, masterplanning, architectural, products, visualisations and illustrations
- research: quantitative, qualitative and transdisciplinary studies
- training: seminars, webinars, in-practice and one-on-one sessions, and publications.
TEDS work internationally on projects at a range of scales and their areas of expertise include strategies for resilience to; flooding, heat waves, extreme cold, drought, wild fires, energy shortages and earthquakes.
In 2016 TEDS won the Sunday Times ‘Resilient Home’ design competition, with the ‘Home for All Seasons’.
TEDS is headed up by Ed Barsley, a specialist in environmental design in Architecture with a particular interest in developing strategies to improve the resilience of communities and the built or natural environment. Ed speaks regularly at flooding conferences and events worldwide and in 2018 ran the RIBA’s nationwide core lecture series on flooding, ‘Designing for Flood Resilience’. Alongside his practice, Ed has been involved with a number of Research Council-funded studies, including the PhD he has been working on at the University of Cambridge on flood-resilient architecture and the communication of risk. In January 2020 his book Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
TEDS social mission is to reduce the exposure and vulnerability of communities and environments to natural and human induced hazards, particularly those resulting from or exacerbated by climate change. Their work is for the benefit of:
- those people and environments that are currently or will in the future be exposed or vulnerable to natural or human induced hazards
- groups and organisations (communities, individuals and the public or private sector) whose work relates to the planning, communication, management or recovery of areas at risk.