AIA President Issues Call To Action Letter On Climate Change

AIA President Carl Elefante released a call to action letter to confront climate change. The letter opens with a direct message surmising the AIA's stance on global warming: “As an association founded to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the AIA has a responsibility to speak out against climate change and to promote emissions reductions in the building sector.”

In Elefante’s statement, he lists multiple reports from the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)  and two recent United Nations reports (IPCC Report and 2018 Emissions Gap Report) to make it clear that the science is irrefutable. The earth is warming faster than anticipated and the current international community needs to do more.

Elefante calls on architects to use their design knowledge to reduce building emissions and to help explain the challenge to a wide audience.




Future Green Architecture Projects

Architects are becoming more environmentally-conscious, focusing on being more ecologically responsible and sustainable. It can be a challenge creating buildings that are aesthetically pleasing while having the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production. Here are some cities around the world that have interesting green sustainable architectural projects coming out:

The Green Hill, Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick is leading an architectural project in Shanghai that will cover 300,000 square meters. When finished, the building will house schools, residences, retail units, offices and a hotel within its nine floors and three-story basement. According to Medium.comit will have 400 terraces, many sets with plant beds and trees to encourage outdoor use.

The Vertical Forest, Paris

The Italian architect Stefano Boeri aims to make a vertical forest with Forêt Blanche—a 54-meter tower with stacked wood and glass cubes with planted edges. It will host residential apartments on the higher floors and offices/commercial services on the lower parts of the building. It will be covered by 2000 trees, shrubs, and plants.

The Floating University, Dhaka

Woha Architects has plans to build an innovative and sustainable campus that demonstrates the integration of the region’s nature and architecture.  The design strategy is to create two distinct programmatic strata by floating it above the lake and revealing a campus park below. This way it minimizes the building’s footprint over the lake and maximizes space.

Re-greening Downtown Area, Barcelona

The city plans to create several micro-projects that merge into green inner-city corridors by moving entire streets underground banning cars from the center and create the space for new parks. The city has already proved its commitment to the environment and is trying to get the community involved by offering cash prizes for sustainable ideas from citizens.