World Architecture Day falls on the first Monday of every October. In 2005, the Union International des Architects (UIA) founded the day to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.”
The UIA, which represents 1.3 million architects around the world, declared this year’s theme: architecture, building, climate. According to the organization, “UIA members, working bodies, and partners” will come together on October 5 to “apply the enormous power of architecture and urban design in coping with global climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
Designing to promote longevity, protect the environment, and problem solve in the face of climate change, have long been a popular topic. Over the last few years, we have seen a proliferation of architecture and design projects that promote sustainability through material selection, energy use, and sourcing. Here are some highlights in the news and reporting of sustainable architecture, and some examples of novel projects.
GreenSource, Architectural Record’s sister publication, documents case studies that represent the highest standard of sustainable design and green building design.
- ClimateWorks Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit working to prevent climate change, implemented an outside air-based cooling strategy, which brings the often cool California air indoors in lieu of traditional air conditioning.
- Abiding by standards, like those set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), can help combat climate change by embracing sustainability. The USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C. meets its own Platinum rating.
Arch Daily highlights design and buildings the address environmental challenges in myriad ways.
- A smog vacuum in the Netherlands cleans 30,000 cubic meters of air every hour by using small amounts of wind and electrical energy. The waste is turned into jewelry – each piece is equivalent to 1,000 cubic meters of clean air.
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, a rapid urbanization is taking place. These three experimental homes are addressing the issue.
InHabitat features sustainable architecture projects, large and small, and events from around the globe.
- This lake house cabin was built from locally sourced spruce and is completely powered by solar panels.
- Bamboo has become a very popular building material in recent years, due to its rapid growth rate. Today, it’s even used to build skyscrapers and incredibly imaginative homes, clubhouses, and bridges.