To address the social and environmental burdens of architecture we advocate for an architecture that acknowledges and reinforces planetary social and ecological systems. We want :
1. A willingness to take a risk, and move beyond what we have been
taught as best practice. 2. To call upon institutions of architecture to honor the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in curricula
3. To advocate for architecture and design communities to urgently
shift beyond damage limitation (sustainability) and toward a regenerative
4. To broaden the horizon of design possibilities through an
understanding of materiality, building details and system boundaries.
5. To develop a precision of language, an accuracy of terminology,
in an attempt to counter greenwashing and communicate transparently with
clients / government / community.
6. To have a strong comprehension of ecosystems and how they
function, what they need to thrive and how architects can integrate design
within these systems.
7. To stay informed of the research and data that has already been
generated, and continue to build upon this body of knowledge.
8. To look to the past for ways structures were built and materials
9. To understand adaptive reuse, working with materials already
harvested, is the most carbon conscious option.
10. To bring innovation to natural materials by using low tech and
high tech approaches.
11. To cultivate an interdisciplinary approach to design problems,
and strengthen communication and collaborations that flow beyond architecture
through the sciences, arts and engineering.
12. To understand that our physiology mimics our environment, and
that the built environment that we live in has an impact on the structure of
our brain and our bodies.