Craig Applegath at OAA Conference: Beyond Net-Zero: Building Positive Futures through Regenerative Architecture and Design
May 10, 2022
Beyond Net-Zero: Building Positive Futures through Regenerative Architecture and Design
As we collectively search for meaningful solutions to the urgent climate crisis, looking inward at how the built environment is conceived and constructed holds important answers. With some estimates suggesting buildings are responsible for nearly 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, the architecture profession has a duty to the public to find better ways to build. While “sustainability” and “net-zero” have been foregrounded as the gold standard, some thought leaders are reaching further and calling for an orientation instead toward “regeneration” and “net-positive,” where human-made environments have a beneficial impact for people and planet. This approach sees all humans—and their actions—as integral to the complex living and non-living natural systems that support them.
To this end, the OAA’s Conference Plenary panel discussion will focus on the topic of regenerative architecture and design. This topic enters into a dialogue with the 2021 Plenary discussion, The Value of Zero: Investing in Carbon-Free Design, but extends the conversation further, challenging attendees to shift their own thinking beyond the limits of net-zero alone.
- Be familiar with the core principles of regenerative architecture and design.
- Be familiar with how these principles can be applied by those in the architecture profession.
- Understand the benefits and challenges of a regenerative design approach.
- Develop increased sustainability literacy
For more information and registration, visit oaa.on.ca