The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. The conference is intended to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies.
“Being less bad is not being good; it’s being bad by definition, just less so.” – William McDonough, FAIA
As we rapidly approach the 30th anniversary of the Hannover Principles, the call for buildings and the greater built environment to be good instead of less bad is more urgent than ever as weather-based natural disasters have doubled, arctic sea ice hits all-time lows, and the demand for urban buildings grows. As architects and educators, we should be continually asking ourselves if current architectural practices and tools are enough to radically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere associated with buildings. If not, what research is needed to shift the practice of architecture to restore and regenerate the earth’s systems that we have so critically impacted.