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Architecture and Mitigation

Approx. 36% of all emissions are from the use of buildings, particularly residential. Design rather than technological innovation is an important way of mitigating the causes of climate change and reducing CO2 emissions. 

The energy required over a building’s entire lifecycle adds a further 30% to its share of industrial emissions, to which we must add another 30% of transport-related emissions, one third of which is ascribable to the way cities are designed (not simply the fact that few of our cars are electric). 

Architectural design and urban planning may be the biggest cause of the environmental crisis by far, but they are also an area in which we can achieve meaningful mitigation.


Nicola Leonardi
Co-founder & Managing Editor THE PLAN

Introduction - Architecture
Prof. Alessandro Melis
Curator of the Italian Pavilion

Introduction - Climate

Prof. Roberto Buizza
Scuola Sant’Anna Pisa


Prof. Christian Pongratz
Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Architecture at the NYIT (USA); Topic: Health and Climate Change Mitigation through Design

Prof. Mario Losasso
Univ. Naples; Expert on architecture from Italy

Prof. Richard B. Rood
University of Michigan, Ann Arbour; NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; Topic: Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

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