Over the last year I travelled across the world to see how architects and engineers from different countries are solving the climate crisis we are currently experience. I was shocked, excited and terrified by the varying levels of progress I saw.
During the trip I encountered two reoccurring themes. Firstly I was being told architects play an essential role in solving the climate crisis. However, on the contrary, I was being told architects should simply minimise the impact buildings have on the environment and allow other professionals, such as those in the energy sector to take a leading role.
These themes provoked numerous feelings and questions for me as an architecture student who strives to make real positive impact. The advancements I saw in smart and green architecture overwhelmed me with joy and excitement. While the simplistic, locally-sourced approach left me asking the question: have I chosen the right career path to create a substantial impact?
Since returning from the trip I have been working non-stop on editing the footage I captured. This urgency stems from wanting to reassure the public that progress is being made, but also comes from wanting to resolve the burning question I still had not truly unanswered: what really is the architect’s role in this climate crisis?
This period of reflection has led to enlightenment, but in order for you to truly grasp my new found understanding I urge you to watch the following videos featuring the footage I captured from across the world and to subscribe to my YouTube channel Going Green to see what is truly being done to solve this climate crisis.