Can Architectural Design Rescue Us from Climate Change? Nuala Felicity Burnett investigates the concept of sustainable architecture and its possibilities for the future of our cities.
“We are to be called architects of the future, not its victims.” R. Buckminster Fuller.
Over 68% of the world’s population is predicted to be living in cities by 2050. With an ever-increasing demand for resources, quality of life and space, such a growing population only adds to the immense pressure faced in 21st century urban environments.
Projects like Bosco Verticale offer a glimpse of future sustainable cities, in which greenery is integrated to not only improve the quality of life for those humans living there, but also to increase the efficiency of the built environment (for example through the prevention of the ‘urban heat island’ effect and rainwater filtration), and additionally to combat the future impacts of climate change.