Get a snapshot of the events and announcements related to buildings and architecture at the 26th iteration of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held Oct. 31–Nov. 12.
By Wanda Lau
COP26, the 26th iteration of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, began Oct. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. More than 39,000 individuals from around the world registered to attend the event, including more than 100 leaders from nearly every major country (with notable absences from Russia and China). Attendees include members of government, environmental advocates and activists, scientists, climate change and energy experts, and architects. The American Institute of Architects sent its first-ever delegation to COP, while Carl Elefante, FAIA, AIA past president and a senior fellow at Architecture 2030, is attending on behalf of Architecture 2030.
Other architecture firms and organizations in attendance include Foster + Partners, Arup, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Prior to COP26, Architecture 2030 announced more than 60 of the world’s largest architecture, engineering, planning, and construction firms have signed its 1.5°C COP26 Communiqué, asking government leaders to increase their emissions reduction targets for the built enviroment. In late October, RIBA and Architects Declare held the virtual Built Environment Summit during which the organizations released their report “Built for the Environment.”
COP26 ends tomorrow with world leaders expected to formally agree to strengthen their country’s carbon-cutting plans by 2022 and to increase financial aid to developing countries facing the impact of climate change. Below is a snapshot of some of the many events and presentations that occurred at COP26 since Oct. 31. Architects may find the programming from COP26’s Nov. 11 theme “Cities, Regions and Built Environment” to be informational as well as the virtual programming from the event’s inaugural Buildings Pavilion. Many COP26 presentations are available for online viewing here.
This story will be updated as additional news and events occur.
On Nov. 2, famed and beloved naturalist Sir David Attenborough opened COP26 with a sobering message about the gravity of climate change and our “failing to see the bigger picture in pursuit of short-term goals.”
On Nov. 2, the United States was one the 100-plus countries that agreed to end and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030.
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