Remarks from Thomas Vonier about COP26

    Thomas Vonier

    After the COP26 Conference, Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA UIA / Immediate Past President, has the following remarks about the future and responsibility of sustainable architecture:



    “Architects participated in COP 26 so that government officials and
    policymakers could learn about novel approaches and innovative
    ideas. Architects from all over the world joined in seminars
    organized by the Nordic Pavilion. These addressed compelling
    topics: ways to redesign and adapt cities to be more inclusive and
    resilient; ways to conserve energy resources at the urban scale; ways
    to regenerate natural environments; and ways to recycle materials
    and buildings.

    “Overall, the Nordic Pavilion sessions addressed how architecture
    and urban design are helping to meet the global challenges set forth
    in the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda and the UN Sustainable
    Development Goals.

    “These sessions became a meeting point for new initiatives and
    people deeply committed to making global reforms. That was one of
    the greatest aspects of COP 26. The Nordic Pavilion programs were
    both live and livestreamed, which allowed them to involve hundreds
    of participants. Through posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and
    LinkedIn, thousands more people learned about ideas and work
    from the UIA, the AIA, the RIBA and many other organizations.

    “Participants also learned that points will be reinforced by the 2023
    UIA World Congress of Architects, to be held in Copenhagen, and
    during Copenhagen’s stature as the UNESCO/UIA World Capital of

    — Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA

    UIA / Immediate Past President

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