First Architects Climate Action Network Architects Assembly.

Our ever dedicated Duncan Baker Brown spent his birthday campaigning against climate change by speaking to a captive audience at an ACAN event hosted by the Architects Assembly in partnership with the Building Centre

Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) is a climate activism group, a growing network of individuals and organisations, campaigning for legislation and policy change and equipping the workforce, with the information and resources to combat the climate emergency.

As their first major event this participatory evening took the form of a people’s assembly. A unique chance for architects, engineers and planners alike to all have their say on where best focus collective efforts.

What areas of policy need to be changed? What is the low-hanging-fruit that can be tackled quickly? What is the campaign message ? This was not only a energetic, proactive forum but also an experiment in collective decision making amongst architects (hopefully the first of many…)

Duncan was one of a diverse panel of experts from climate, activist, policy and architectural backgrounds. The speakers outlined the facts around the climate and ecological crises, and their specific relation to architecture and the built environment. Then participants broke into working groups to debate a series of questions geared around shifts in policy and practice and how to create the most impactful change within the industry. The results were then fed back to the whole room and ACAN’s most immediate actions decided upon. Watch this space.

Photo credits Keith Van-Loen.

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