The South African Institure of Architects and the International Union of Architects together with African Union of Architects announce the conference on Built Environment Strategies in Response to Climate Change that will take place on 29 and 30 November 2011, in Durban, South Africa.
It coincides with the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, COP 17 (Durban, 28 November-9 December 2011) and confirms the presence of the UIA and the architects of the world at the two preceding editions, Cop 15 in Copenhagen and Cop16 in Cancun. The conference will bring together, in a truly multi disciplinary approach, specialists from all disciplines -urban planning, transportation, biodiversity, financing, sustainability- as well as personalities from the world of culture and African philosophy.
In parallel an online virtual conference will be proposed on the themes of energy, water, biodiversity, waste, population/poverty and food security. The contributions will thus be shared by a broad audience through the social networks
In Durban, during Cop 17, the UIA will persue its sustainable by design strategy and will produce tangible outputs and commitment to better practice for effective action in the struggle against climate change. The conference will be held in the presence of the members of the UIA Bureau elected by the General Assembly in Tokyo last September: Albert Dubler, President, Michel Barmaki, Secretary General, Ms Patricia Emmett, Treasurer, Antonio Riverso, Ms Deniz Incedayi, Thomas Vonier, Mohamed Esa and Ali Hayder, Vice-Presidents.