We join Architects Declare, committing to address the climate and biodiversity crisis

Along with other leading architecture firms in Canada, we have signed on to a joint declaration of architects and designers recognizing a climate and biodiversity emergency, and making a commitment to positive action in response. The crisis of climate change is one of the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% 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 research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

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