The new book ‘An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 2’ focuses on the question of how architecture can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Showing an extensive collection of projects in all scales and from all over the world, it demonstrates how architects and architecture can contribute to each of the Sustainable Development Goals.The examples illustrate that architecture can make significant contributions regardless of budget, location or resources available. The Puukuokka Housing Block is featured as an example of the goal number 17 that underlines the importance of partnership in achieving the goal of successful sustainable development to build sustainable communities.
The newly published book will be presented in an online book launch.
Book Launch: How architecture can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
The 80 projects selected by the editorial board vary from large-scale political planning projects to small-scale interventions on a grass-roots level. All projects share a commitment to sustainable development and an ambition to achieve a significant impact in their respective local contexts. The editors hope that the guide will inspire students, architects, policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss how architecture can contribute to sustainable development by providing them with realized examples from around the world.
Neither the challenges nor the possibilities of the built environment should be underestimated. “We have to radically change the way we build. The built environment is a major consumer of energy and natural resources, and a producer of waste. Furthermore, how we build can exacerbate inequalities and affect health.With this book, we want to inspire architects and stakeholders to engage with both environmental and social challenges”, says Natalie Mossin, chief editor of the publication and Head of Institute of Architecture and Technology.
An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals volume 2 is published by the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation in partnership with the UIA Sustainable Development Goals Commission and the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023.
The Architecture Guide is the second edition, following a first edition published in 2018. In the book, each SDG is illustrated by 4-5 cases from all over the world. All cases are presented with a short description of the challenge related to the respective UN SDG and a description of the contribution that the given project is offering to the challenge. The purpose is to understand the Goals as they relate to architecture.
The guidebook is written and edited by Natalie Mossin, Sofie Stilling, Thomas Chevalier Bøjstrup, Ingeborg Christiane Hau, Christoffer Steensen Møller and Annette Blegvad.
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