Singapore is the first Asian country to join Construction Declares with both architects and structural engineers as founding signatories. The declaration statements can be found on Singapore Structural Engineers Declare and Singapore Architects Declare.
Singapore, although somewhat protected by its equatorial location and its ‘City in a Garden’ policies, has been experiencing climate breakdown and loss of biodiversity with increasing periods of drought and higher temperatures.
Construction Declares is both a public declaration of the planet’s environmental crises and a commitment to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse.
The founding members of the petition include:
- Architects: CSYA, DP Architects Forum Architects, Guz Architects, HASSELL, SCDA and WOHA.
- Structural engineers: Arup, DP Engineers, RSP, Web Structures and WSP.
The Climate Emergency is a serious issue of our time, where buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
The Climate Declaration is a call to action for everyone working in construction and the built environment to meet the needs of our societies without breaching Earth’s ecological boundaries. This will demand a paradigm shift in behaviour. If we are to reduce and eventually reverse the environmental damage we are causing, we will need to reimagine our buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
– Construction+ Online