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How do we act, as individuals and collectively, to confront the three intersecting emergencies of climate change, social injustice, and biodiversity loss? How do we effect transformative change?

Working group members, signatories, and steering committee members of US Architects Declare gather on Earth Day to mark one year since the launch of the American branch of this global network. They will report on the work of the past year and discuss their goals and actions moving forward. Architect Michael Pawlyn, one of the initiators of Architects Declare and a member of the UK Steering Committee, will discuss a theory of change for working towards a viable future, building on the “three horizons” framework created by Bill Sharpe. His talk will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Pawlyn is author, with Sarah Ichioka, of the forthcoming book Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency; and founder of the design consultancy Exploration, which has become a thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy. Earlier, Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for 10 years, where he was a central member of the team for the Eden Project, including responsibility for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes. He initiated the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001.

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. All registered participants will be sent a link to participate through Zoom. To join please register HERE.

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