UK architects declare climate and biodiversity emergency

June 4, 2019

Some of United Kingdom’s leading architects have created the Architects Declare group calling for action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com[1]
Some of United Kingdom’s leading architects have created the Architects Declare group calling for action on climate change and biodiversity loss.
Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com

Some of the United Kingdom’s most influential architects have joined efforts to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. Leading architects, including Foster + Partners[2], Zaha Hadid Architects[3], and Rogers Stirk Harbour[4], have united as the group called Architects Declare[5].

Architects Declare wrote an open letter stating the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are the most serious issues of our time, and buildings and construction account for more than 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

“For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. 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,” the open letter said, currently holding 281 signatures.

Architects Declare seeks to:

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Opener-1.jpg
  2. Foster + Partners: https://www.fosterandpartners.com/
  3. Zaha Hadid Architects: https://www.zaha-hadid.com/
  4. Rogers Stirk Harbour: https://www.rsh-p.com/
  5. Architects Declare: https://www.architectsdeclare.com/

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