Created by the Union International des Architects (UIA) in 2005, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October with the aim of reminding the world about the collective responsibility of architects in designing our future cities and settlements.
This year, the UIA has selected “Architecture, Building, Climate” as the theme of the day, seeking to highlight the essential role that architecture, design and urbanism have in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. With international climate treaty negotiations set to happen later this year, the “UIA members, working bodies and partners will mobilize on 5 October to promote actions and solutions that apply the enormous power of architecture and urban design in coping with global climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
Through small actions architects can collectively make a big difference and create significant changes. To celebrate World Architecture Day, we have rounded up a selection of projects that have taken steps towards the challenge of protecting our environment.
California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano
Baños Safe Haven / TYIN Tegnestue
House in Travessa de Patrocinio / Madalena Rebelo de Andrade + Raquel Jorge + Carlos Ruas& Tiago Moniz
ZEB Pilot House - Pilot Project / Snøhetta
Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects
Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design
Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS
School in Chuquibambilla / AMA + Bosch Arquitectos
Makoko Floating School / NLE Architects
Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge / Nicholas Plewman Architects in Association with Michaelis Boyd Associates
New Artist Residency In Senegal / Toshiko Mori
RE:BUILD / Pilosio Building Peace + Cameron Sinclair & Pouya Khazaeli
ASU Health Service / Lake Flato Architects
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