David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture


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The Case for Hope: Design and Climate Change

Can design stop climate change?

The best minds in architecture think so.  David Hertz, Ed Mazria, Thom Mayne, Bob Berkebile, Michael Lehrer, Pablo La Roche, Matt Petersen, Marwa Dabaieh, and Mae-ling Lokko weigh in on how design can change the trajectory of climate change.


In July, 2016, the Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference welcomed some of the leading names in sustainability. Architects, designers, academics and scientists from 48 countries came together to discuss the most promising low-energy innovations of the year, and inventions that could substantially reduce human impact on the planet and climate change.

CallisonRTKL sat down with the keynote speakers and other notable attendees to get their thoughts on design as an agent for saving human life on the planet. The result is the video The Case for Hope: Design and climate change.

“The built environment has a tremendous impact on the planet and the trajectory of climate change, and I think most people understand how devastating climate change will be to the human population on this planet if we don’t take action,” said CallisonRTKL Associate Vice President Pablo La Roche.

“Organizations and conferences like PLEA show that we already have the technology to change that. But in order to truly make an impact, we need buy-in from clients, cities and politicians, not just the architecture industry.”

See more here.


David Hertz