' As a practice, our focus is on researching, creating and communicating strategies for adaptation and resilience to a changing climate '
ED BARSLEY - TEDS Founder & Director
PRE ORDER A COPY
TEDS Catalogue of Diagram
DISCUSS A SITE
BOOK A TALK
ARRANGE A MEETING
ENQUIRE ABOUT A PRESS
ENQUIRE ABOUT COLLABORATION
SELECT PROJECT BY THEME:
It has been estimated that by 2060, more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. The challenge of adapting the built environment to this threat is complex and multi-faceted, yet there are wide range of strategies that can help to reduce residual flood risk whilst also improving the quality of placemaking. We at TEDS have a particular specialism in this area, by combining pioneering trans-disciplinary design research with built work, we ensure our ideas are put into practice and tested in real life conditions.
THE MUSEUM OF HAZARDS
In 2020 TEDS will be launching the
'Museum of Hazards' an exhibition communicating the causes and impacts of natural hazards and strategies available for adaptation. To convey this topic, the exhibit uses a combination of both visual and physical immersive media.
UKU - THE PREFAB
FLOATING HOME SYSTEM
A re-configurable, prefabricated construction system, designed for use in stable water bodies
The UK’s 2017 Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) highlighted overheating as a significant risk to our health and comfort, with heatwaves expected to occur in most summers by the 2050s. Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature is vital to both well-being and productivity, with the location, fabric, orientation & use of a building all factors that can contribute to the risk of overheating. At TEDS we have extensive experience of designing to avoid the threat of overheating and where appropriate use dynamic thermal models to test the resilience of proposals.
AKKARANYAMKULAM TRAINING CENTRE
Elevated above a paddy field, this building is set to test an innovative solar chimney design which provides both natural daylighting and ventilation for its occupants
Top end 3 bed residential dwelling in Kent, with an acoustically buffered workshop/ studio, open plan kitchen/dining room and natural ventilation stack
As well as the energy saving benefits of using of natural light in buildings, high quality daylighting can be a vital component in the creation of enriching and vibrant spaces. At TEDS we employ an integrated design approach to daylighting which informs decisions on form, siting, climate, building components, and lighting design criteria.
Proposal for the reinstatement of a village pavilion in rural kent. A saw-tooth roof form has been designed to catch north light whilst maintaining a formal facade to the picturesque setting beyond.
A timber frame library in Sri Lanka designed with adjustable cladding to provide flexible daylighting controls and a roof form that helps encourage natural ventilation.
A cedar clad garden studio in Cambridge, providing a naturally lit woodworking space with additional storage and an integrated woodburner and log stack.
- On site now -
A commission from the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge to design a glass canopy to cover a replica of Shackletons James Caird whaler, in celebration of the centenary of his remarkable journey.
A contemporary ground floor extension of a three bedroom family home. This addition enabled the family to make the most of their property's orientation, aspect and views to the garden and beyond.
One of the impacts of climate change that is often overlooked is the increased frequency and severity of cold snaps. These conditions can cause significant disruptions at both local and national scale, but when considered from the outset, such extremes can be endured with little interruption to daily routines. At TEDS, we design for future rather than historic climate conditions, ensuring communities can enjoy and embrace such conditions.
Two-thirds of the global population, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year. Whilst much of the world's attention is focused on mitigating and adapting to excess water in the form of flood risk, it is important to recognise that water scarcity is one of the most pressing issues humanity faces.
In late 2017, TEDS begun an ongoing research study 'Drought Days' to collate practical strategies at a range of scales, for adaptation to water scarcity. This is to be issued as a sister publication to 'Retrofitting for Flood Resilience'
Energy from fossil fuels consumed in the construction and operation of buildings accounts for approximately half of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide. Yet whilst the built environment is one of the largest contributors to climate change, the building sector has the potential to become the solution rather than the cause of the climate change crisis. Rapid advances in technology and a growing prevalence of energy efficient design strategies are enabling the creation of low energy architecture that can actively generate and store energy.
Population growth and increasing urbanization in earthquake-prone areas suggest that earthquake impacts on human populations will increase in the coming decades. Recent large earthquakes affecting large populations in Japan, Haiti, Chile and New Zealand are evidence of this trend and also illustrate significant damage and mortality levels that can result from such events. At TEDS we are dedicated in our effort to help communities become more resilient to earthquakes, thereby minimising disruptions and increasing speeds of recovery.
TEDS is working in collaboration with the charity 'Small Acts of Kindness', to help a number of communities in Kathmandu recover from the 2015 earthquake.
In 2019, TEDS will be releasing a book through RIBA Publishing entitled; ‘Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building and Community Design’ to share the findings from our latest research on community flood resilience.
TEDS was announced as the winner of the Sunday Times / British Homes Award ‘Resilient Home’ design competition (in collaboration with JTP) with a scheme entitled; the 'Home For All Seasons’. TEDS are now working to develop built prototype of the scheme.
The Shifting Shorelines project has been shortlisted for the Landscape Institutes 'International Flood Ideas' Competition. The study explores the design of a flood resilient coastal settlement, a town that remains open to the sea whist safe from it.
The Environmental Design Studio [TEDS] is an award winning design research consultancy, led by Ed Barsley, that specialises in flood resilience & environmental design in Architecture. We work internationally on projects at a range of scales and are driven by the challenge of designing for adaptation to a changing climate. A pioneering design research methodology is used throughout our work, ensuring strategies are rigorously grounded, clearly communicated, and create enriching spaces and places. Our areas of expertise include; Flooding, Overheating, Daylighting, Extreme Cold, Drought, Energy Efficiency, Earthquakes and Ergonomics.
Founder & Director
Ed Barsley is founder and director of The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS). He's a specialist in environmental design in Architecture with a particular interest on developing strategies to reduce flood risk and increase resilience in the built environment. Throughout his work, Ed is driven and inspired by the challenges of designing for climatic extremes.
He has lived and worked in Copenhagen, Shanghai, and Colombo as well as throughout the UK. Ed received his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Sheffield and a Masters in Environmental Design in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to work for Baca Architects in London and helped to run parts of the TSB funded Climate Adaptive Neighbourhoods Research project which won the 2014 RIBA Presidents Medal for Research in Practice. During this time he also helped contribute to the book ‘Aquatecture’, released in 2016.
Through his work at TEDS, Ed is currently;
Writing a publication for the RIBA entitled:
Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design
Running the RIBA's Core CPD on flooding nationwide with a seminar entitled: Designing for Flood Resilience: Tips for Architects & Designers
Developing a methodology for assessing the flood resilience of existing communities as part of a PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge.
Part of the Roundtable flood group.
Helping contribute to the forthcoming Code of Practice.
Project lead of the ERSC funded 'Flood Narratives' study