The architecture and construction industries have a responsibility to mitigate the worst of climate change, according to 17 of the U.K.’s largest firms.
By Jonathan Hilburg
A group of 17 architecture firms from across the United Kingdom, released an open letter affirming their commitment to heading off climate change and building a more equitable future for their profession. The planet is in “twin crises,” the letter declares, under the heading “UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.”
Together, the group declared that as the construction and maintenance of buildings account for 40 percent of the world’s energy-derived carbon dioxide production, the architecture and construction industries have a responsibility to change their practices.
Their list of demands compiles practical changes that can be taken to mitigate further climate change, and to stem the ecological destruction that comes with new construction and urban sprawl.
“For everyone working in the construction industry,” reads the Architects Declare statement, “meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behavior. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities, and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.”
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