The writing is on the wall: The climate is changing. So must architecture. Crucially, some architecture organizations are taking note. On Wednesday, New York City–based design nonprofit Van Alen Institute announced its latest initiative called Climate Council—an exchange platform for architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, and researchers to investigate and intervene in climate change–related issues in communities around North America. The council members will make investigative trips to destinations that are experiencing or expecting major environmental changes. Looking beyond cities to landscapes and ecosystems, the Climate Council will offer professional advice and share best practices.
“We have been creating projects to tackle the impact of climate change for years,” said executive director David van der Leer in a press release. “With the launch of the Climate Council, we are deepening our focus on one of the most critical issues of our time.”