Forum on Sustainable Architecture and Cities

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Islamabad October 16, 2014 – French Embassy Islamabad, Department of Architecture COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad and Institute of Architects Pakistan organized a forum on Sustainable Architecture and Cities in COMSATS seminar Hall.

The objective of this forum was to raise awareness and bring up concerns of all the stakeholdersfrom civil society, government, architectural communities, private companies and NGOs; in conformity with terms of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015.

French and Pakistani architects and officials from academia, NGOs, government and private companies spoke on the forum about sustainable practices in urbanization and architecture to cope up with the global phenomenon of climate change.

Ambassador Shahid Kamal, Advisor COMSATS Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD)in his opening remarks on this occasion stated that there is a link between urbanization and climate change and these two trends are going to shape global development in the coming years.

Urbanization will promote economic development and reduce poverty in the developing countries by providing them enormous opportunities. Cities will place growing demands on our food, water and energy resources; but climate change could worsen these resource demands and affect the economic development of a country. However devising sustainable urban policies and adopting sustainable practices could increase our climate resilience and reduce the urban greenhouse gas emissions. For this purpose architects need to be on the forefront of efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and design green and clean buildings by utilizing their experience, knowledge and available advanced technology. France has a tradition of producing outstanding architects. We need Pakistan and France to open up new ways for collaboration in the backdrop of sharing best practices in this regard”.

French architects expressed their interest in working with COMSATS and CCRD with respect to sustainable urban policy, technology and design to cope up with the phenomenon of global warming and climate change.

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