Oral history of British science

Head, Peter (Part 14 of 14)

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    Civil Engineering

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    The British Library

  • Interviewees

    Head, Peter, 1947- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 14 [49:23] Remarks on PH's sustainable approach and advantages of demonstrating approach on a regional level. [00:40] Story about PH engagement with Hungarian theologian and philosopher Imre Kovacs: PH being visited at Arup by Kovacs about eco-cities; PH intense meetings with Kovacs in Split, Croatia; Kovacs interest in European calligraphy; potential of PH model to create a new branch of science, uniting various disciplines within the constraints of a closed ecosystem, with a new communication language; climate science closed system approach connecting with PH regional model approach; [06:05] Kovacs belief that new communication language would be based on calligraphy; PH engagements with art and culture community through Culture Future events. [07:30] Story about moving experience at COP14 in Poznan Culture Future event bringing local cultural figures to engage with climate change process. PH feelings about engaging people in new, more human based, ways with engineering based philosophy. [11:07] Comments on: PH fears for misuse of integrated model; plan to develop gaming version of model, with important implications for education; sustainable communities; importance of using energy more efficiently, possibility of increased use of renewable; sharing of renewable energy resources amongst communities, change in perspective to service cost rather than energy cost. [18:35] Comments COP summits: bureaucratic political summits; lobbyists, non-governmental organisations, business and others attending; PH scepticism over COP meetings; more progress at regional city level than national. [21:50] Remarks on environmental innovation and UK: UK innovations historically exploited outside UK; imperial legacy in companies PH worked for; PH experience benefiting from working from global UK companies; excellent UK research base. [25:00] Remarks on EST working arrangements: anecdote about no longer having a personal assistant; deciding they didn't need to have an office, using a 'click a day' personal assistant; using Skype and conference calls to keep in touch with team; low cost legal assistance from BWB and an American legal company; PH working from home, institute of civil engineers, Arup, and travelling much; [30:10] description of PH office at home; PH feelings about working from home; PH retirement; details of PH work from home on laptop; contrast of PH work now with engineering

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    Interview with civil engineer, Peter Head

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    Peter Head interviewed by Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

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