To successfully address energy consumption, climate change and global resource depletion, it is imperative that ecological literacy becomes a central tenet of design education. Yet today, the principals behind the interdependent relationship between the built and natural environment is lacking in many professional design curricula. To meet the immediate and future challenges facing our profession, the transformation taking place in the academic design community must be accelerated. To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 calls upon this community to adopt the 2010 Imperative as follows: PATH A: 2010 Imperative Curriculum Adopters of Path A commit to:
  • Beginning immediately, adding to all design studio problems the requirement that: “the design engage the environment in a way that dramatically reduces or eliminates the need for fossil fuel,” and
  • Achieve complete ecological literacy in design education over the next three years (from date of adoption), including:
    • design / studio
    • history / theory
    • materials / technology
    • structures / construction
    • professional practice / ethics
PATH B: 2010 Imperative Curriculum and Facilities Adopters of Path B commit to:
  • PATH A: 2010 Imperative Curriculum and
  • by 2015, achieving a carbon-neutral design school campus by:
    • implementing sustainable design strategies (optional – LEED Platinum / 2010 rating)
    • generating on-site renewable power
    • purchasing green renewable energy and/or certified renewable energy credits (REC’s, Green Tags), 20% maximum.
Adopt the 2010 Imperative.  

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