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Credit: Pg 91b uncontrolled urban growth in Freetown, Sierra Loene, West Africa, has created slums, many of which are built from imported materials and systems that do not respond well to the conditions of the local environment. Photo Credit: ©Fabian von Poser/imageBROKER/Superstock


New blueprint for building a sustainable future

Climate change is a major player in the polycrisis of simultaneous catastrophic events threatening the future of humanity. So not great news for us – but there are ways out of this.

Billions of people live on the planet and that number is growing – we all need somewhere to call home. But the industries that build them cause emissions, lots of them. That needs to change quickly.

Using new technologies and materials is important but so is turning to experience: the experience of regional crafts people versed in vernacular architecture, who work with local resources in ways that support the environment.

And in the new second edition of Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, edited by Dr Sandra Piesik, the stories of the people and cultures who know how to use indigenous materials to build more sustainably are told.

This desperately needed publication, with its more than 1000 illustrations, brings to life years of research done by the international team of more than 100 leading experts who contributed to the book.

“It is a landmark publication, a timely and urgent story of humanity’s capacity to create architecture without jeopardizing the equilibrium of the ecosystems upon which human life depends,” said Aesthetica.

The second edition was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the Science, Innovation and Technology Forum for the Sustainable Development Goals – STI Forum 2023, where the group’s science paper and policy-brief recommendations were published.

Pre-oder a copy now.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and the Chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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