The following is an opinion piece from Jennifer Nielsen and Ed Reichman, co-chairs, SOMA Action Climate Subcommittee: You probably don’t need anything else to be worried about these days, but you should be very worried about plastic.
Whanganui District Council is committed to mitigating the impacts of climate change on our district, as well as enabling our community and local economy to become better adapted and resilient in the face of climate change. The purpose of this strategy is to plot a course for action to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to provide a framework for collaboration across the Whanganui District and beyond among tangata whenua, iwi, neighbouring councils, central government, non-government organisations, private industry, education, our communities and people. This strategy is about human activity and changing the way we think and live to reduce our impact on our planet. As such, this strategy has the health and well-being of the environment at its core, followed by the health and well-being of people, and the social and economic well-being of people and communities, now and in the future.
The workshop will incorporate carbon footprint evaluation and circular economy into a structural design workflow with a focus on timber structures. Through the combined use of parametric tools for structural design such as Karamba3D, and optimization tools such as Octopus, comparative strategies will be used to mediate between purely structural and environmental criteria, suggesting a more holistic design process. In the context of the climate emergency, architects and engineers try to reduce the environmental impact of structures through a shift in their design process. The use of recycled material plays a major role in this approach. One of the central questions is how can we design sustainable and smart structures by intelligently using recycled elements. Many factors such as the history of the elements, their condition, or their location influence the design, the carbon footprint, and the price. Parametric structural design tools, coupled with multi-dimensional optimization methods, can help to explore the design space and evaluate designs concerning those criteria.
Bolstering a European fashion industry that values communities, the environment, creativity, and profit in equal measure.
Traditional economics has faced troubling questions since the 2008 financial crash, though its “linear” version remains dominant. Now some believe circular economics could, and perhaps should, set us on a new track.