The climate crisis—and its associated environmental, social, and economic ramifications—is among the most pressing issues of our time. The design, construction, and operation of our built environment accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and while the effects of the climate crisis affect every community, they are having a disproportionate effect on already marginalized groups furthering issues of social equity.
As shapers of the built environment and active participants in the construction industry, architects must acknowledge our collective responsibility to not only respond but act during this climate emergency—but what concrete actions must we take to do this promptly and effectively? What fundamental challenges and strategies must we engage with if we are to respond to this call to action?
Join us on this forum as we bring together some of Toronto’s most compelling thinkers on sustainable design, a voice from Toronto’s development community, and the architectural profession to discuss the fundamental shifts we must undertake, and innovative solutions we might employ, to decisively further sustainability within the design and construction industry. Moderated by members of the Toronto Society of Architects Executive, this forum seeks to prompt architects, designers, and the construction industry to engage in a lively conversation and work collectively to identify tools, strategies, and resources to formulate an action plan that will allow our members, practices, and society to effectively address this emergency.
Dr. Ted Kesik, BASc (Ottawa), MASc, PhD (Toronto)
Professor of Building Science
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Doug Webber, P.Eng, LEED AP
Senior Vice President, Retail