16 January 2020
Piuarch Studio, Schiattarella Associati, Archilinea, Park Associati, Michele De Lucchi Architects, Fuksas, Labics and ABDR have set up the Italian Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, in line with an initiative that started in the UK, launched by leading architectural practices such as David Chipperfield, Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects. The aim is to rally the world of architecture to combat climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. The project has attracted huge numbers of signatories - more than 800 in the UK and 280 in Italy. Interest and commitment are rising day by day. Other countries, including Australia, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, South Africa and New Zealand also belong to the movement.
Italian Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency was launched at a time of urgent need, with the countrywide sector called to put the 11 points set out in the Manifesto into practice. Building energy-efficient buildings is crucial, and is an increasing priority on Italian and European political agendas. 40% of global CO2 emissions are attributable to the construction industry, and those working within the sector are duty-bound to raise awareness and take steps to change their approach to construction in order to respond to society’s needs while respecting the natural habitat around us. This calls for a real change of processes and models in our approach to design. Buildings, cities and infrastructures should be regarded as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system. Advances in research and technology mean that this transformation can now begin, but what is indispensable, right now, is collective will. This is why the signatories have committed to strengthen working practices in order to come up with architectural and urbanistic projects that will have a more positive impact on the world around us.
To read and undersign the Manifesto: ITALIAN ARCHITECTS DECLARE WEBSITE