New Zealand Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

The following open letter is inspired by our UK colleagues, gently adapted for the environment here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are 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 whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

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.

We will seek to:

Founding signatories:

Andrew Patterson, Architype, Assembly Architects, Ben Hudson Architects, Black Pine Architects, Context Architects, Drawing Room, Gordon Moller, Graeme North EcoDesign, Herbst Architects, Jack Manning, Jasmax, Jeremy Salmond, Jessop Architects, Judi Keith-Brown Architects, Marshall Cook, Pacific Environments, Patrick Clifford, Pete Bossley, Pip Cheshire, Rafe Maclean Architects, Roger Walker, RTA Studio, Stuart Gardyne, Team Green Architects, Tennent Brown Architects, VIA Architecture

Supported by Tony Watkins and Tony van Raat

We hope that every NZ architectural practice will join us in making this commitment.


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