At the brink of the “Better World by Design” conference, Kurt Teichert and John Jacobson organized a special treat for their students in Adaptive Buildings – Energy Efficiency: A visit from none other than Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030. The “2030 Challenge” summons all those involved in the building sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the onslaught of climate change.
Although Mazria presented to a large audience on Brown campus for the conference, INTAR students were privy to an informal close-quarters discussion in one of the 6th floor classrooms. As a group we spoke about some of the challenges we face as architects/designers-in-training in meeting sustainability challenges –- particularly within the realm of adaptive reuse — while he underpinned the importance of our generation to solve such problems.
Mazria also stressed the idea that every design studio should deal with this issue of sustainability — that it be embedded in every architecture-related curriculum. A seminar on energy efficiency should not simply be an elective, but a requirement for all design students, especially if we are to meet such bold but necessary challenges as the stop of climate change.