Canadian Architectural Professionals Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and Commit to Urgent and Sustained Action

September 20, 2019

Canadian Architectural Professionals Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and Commit to Urgent and Sustained Action

Our interconnected crises of climate breakdown, ecological degradation, and societal inequity are the most serious issues of our time. The design, construction, and operation of our built environment accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and pervasively impacts our societies and the health of the living systems that sustain us.

Building to support the intergenerational health of our communities and living systems will require rapid paradigm shifts in thought and action for everyone working in the design, construction, and procurement of our built environments. Together with our clients, collaborators, and communities, we need to develop buildings, cities, and infrastructures as indivisible components of larger nested living systems – interconnected, resilient, and regenerative, now and for future generations.

The knowledge, research, and technologies exist for us to begin this transformation now. Through collective will and collaborative action, we will elevate, empower, and evolve our sustained action.

Accordingly, we commit to:

1.    Raise awareness of these interconnected crises, and the impact the built environment has on them, with our clients and colleagues;  

2.    Take immediate action through our projects, and in our capacities as advisors, advocates, educators, and enablers within our communities, cities, and supply chains.

Towards this, we further commit to:

1.    Design for holistic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and advocate for investments in a rapid transition to resilient climate-positive alternatives;

2.    Eliminate waste and harm, and support a rapid transition to circular economies;

3.    Design for holistic health, resilience, and regeneration; respecting the rights and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
4.    Adopt regenerative design principles and practices to build the necessary capability to design and develop projects and environments that go beyond the standard of net zero in use;

5.    Advocate for the rapid systemic changes required to address the climate and ecological health crises, as well as the policies, funding priorities, and implementation frameworks that support them.

Join us in making this commitment by adding your organization to the signature form.

We can do this now. Find out how.

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List of signatories:

Keith Robertson, MRAIC
Martin Nielsen, MRAIC
Joanne Purdue, MRAIC
Birgit Siber, FRAIC
Architects DCA
Canadian Architect
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects
Diamond Schmitt Architects
EVOQ Architecture
FORM Studio Architects
HCMA Architecture + Design
Human Studio Architecture + Urban Design
Larigakis Architecture
Lateral Agency
Local Practice Architecture + Design
L’OEUF (L'Office de l'Eclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel)
MASS Design Group
MGA Michael Green Architecture
MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects)
Montgomery Sisam Architects
OMB (Office of Mcfarlane Biggar architects + designers)
Perkins and Will Canada
Prairie Architects
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Shim Sutcliffe Architects
Solterre Inc.
Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building

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