Man-made climate change is a concept that needs no further introduction. It is a well-known fact that mankind’s expansive nature has put our own species long-term survival in danger.
One of the most challenging aspects of global warming is the abstract nature of the problem. An increase of 0.85 degrees in the average global temperature from 1880 to today is undoubtedly dramatic, but also very difficult to relate to for most people. The numerous reasons behind phenomenon are even more difficult to grasp.
Even though the world seems to be in the middle of a shift from mainly industrial-driven economies to more technologically driven economies, it does not mean that greenhouse gas emissions will become a thing of the past. At least not yet.
Our modern technological world is made up of production hierarchies that in virtually every stage consumes natural resources and contributes to the increase of greenhouse gases. It is not difficult to imagine that a factory that pumps out black smoke is harmful to the environment, but it is considerably more difficult to understand how our daily combined internet usage can produce approximately 3 million tons of CO2(!).
One of the real big consumers of energy today is the building sector. Large amounts of CO2 are produced annually as a result of heating, transportation and use of materials in connection with construction and operation.
FutureBuilt is a ten-year program established in 2010 with the ambition to show that it is possible to develop climate-neutral urban areas and architecture of high quality. The programme aims to raise public awareness about the challenges and opportunities that lies in the development of more sustainable and climate neutral cities and buildings.
These ideas will form the basis for this summers 120 HOURS and FutureBuilt competition. Stay tuned for more information and inspiration.
-The FutureBuilt + 120 HOURS team