Yesterday, Sept. 25, Ed Mazria spoke to a full house in the Architecture Studies Library. Attendees at this first of the 2006-2007 Klai Juba Lecture Series included students, faculty, and architects. The video/DVD will be available in the ASL in the near future.
Ed Mazria is the force behind the 2030 Challenge. The challenge is to create carbon neutral building by 2030. The incremental steps to achieve this goal are outlined at http://www.architecture2030.org/open_letter/index.html
The lecture highlighted the role of the building industry in global warming and the responsibility and power that lies with architects to save humans on the planet. The American Institute of Architects has accepted the 2030 Challenge, putting them in a leadership role. LEED is now lagging in advocating the standards needed to halt global warming.
Ed Mazria called on today's architecture, planning, engineering, and landscape students to step up as well. He issued the 2010 Imperative here, at UNLV, for the first time -- to be followed up this week with a series of lectures at California architecture schools. The 2010 Imperative is a challenge to professional schools to look to their programs and their facilities to achieve the following by 2010:
1. beginning next semester, "all projects be designed to engage the environment in ways that dramatically reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuels"
2. by 2010, achieve complete ecological literacy in professional design education
3. make the school's facility carbon neutral -- either by renovation or by buying credits if necessary.
There will be a global emergency teach-in February 2007 on the 2010 Imperative. It will last 3 1/2 hours and go to schools all over the world. More information will be forthcoming.