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.