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11/30/2010

International Union of Architects march for sustainability

More than 200 architects donning bright green scarves and shirts marched through the Climate Change Village in Cancun on Tuesday in a call for global design policies to promote the sustainable construction of homes and cities.

Members of the International Union of Architects (UIA), led by union president Louise Cox from Australia, met during the COP16 climate conference to outline a common strategy for environmentally-minded practices in architecture, such as using renewable energy and recycled materials and building in areas less affected by extreme weather patterns. At the march, they touted a seven-point plan to submit to Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE) in an evening ceremony.

“In Copenhagen (at the COP15 in 2009), we discussed the need to make design sustainable, and in this conference we present how to do it and the responsibility of governments to take this into account. It depends now on governments and on our community in general to do something about it,” said Mauricio Rivero, vice president of UIA in Mexico, at the march.
“We have to work as a team with governments and society.”

Rivero said that the Switzerland-based UIA would meet again in Tokyo next September to further develop an international action plan.  The union has more than 1.3 million members in nearly 125 countries.

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