by Camila Schaulson Frenz
At the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Durban, South Africa, last month, member organizations representing more than 1.3 million architects in 124 countries unanimously supported the 2050 Imperative to eliminate CO2 emissions in the built environment by the year 2050. This is the first time in the UIA’s 65-year history that all the regional Architect Councils of Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa signed onto the declaration.
The 2050 Imperative was drafted by Architecture 2030, a non-profit research organization founded by Ed Mazria, AIA, dedicated to the reduction of carbon emissions of the built environment by changing the ways that cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings are planned, designed, and constructed. The declaration was delivered to the UIA World Congress.
By adopting the Imperative, UIA member organizations are charged with promoting the planning and design of carbon-neutral cities, towns, and buildings. Its action items are partly based on the recent “Roadmap to Zero Emissions” that Architecture 2030 presented at the UN Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, on 07.10.14.
To learn more about Architecture 2030 join us for a breakfast and call to action with Mazria on 09.24.14 at the Center for Architecture. At “DESIGN! Life Depends on Us,” he will lay out the blueprint for a just and carbon-free built environment, and review the progress made in the building sector since issuing the 2030 Challenge in 2006.