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The London Festival of Architecture and Climate Change

London streets and the built environment. Photo by Eminent Atelier

Photo of the London built environment and ways of public transport. Photo by Eminent Atelier

Climate change has become a major challenge and is affecting everyone

On this theme are published numerous articles by Emina Čamdžić - architect and participant at the previous LFA festivals, which you can have a look here. During the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) in 2023 were included exhibitions and was discussed about climate change in different aspects such as the climate emergency.

The LFA's 2023 theme is "In Common" as mentioned on the LFA website that explores ways to make the most of what we have in common and the things we don’t, and the way we shape a town. As published by the London Festival of Architecture, the LFA is the world’s largest annual festival of architecture founded in 2004 as a biennale, celebrates architecture and building the town with exhibitions, talks, installations, architecture tours, and is contributing to the themes of climate change, sustainability, accessibility and inclusiveness.

Moreover, according to a new law coming into action in the UK, called Biodiversity Net Gain, for new developments is a must to increase net gain in biodiversity compared to the initial project. This means improved site design and minimized environmental impact. For such a law to become mandatory anywhere for architects and all included in project design, there is a need for knowledge in technical fundamentals and requirements. This shows a good example of how new projects can use the technical knowledge to create more biodiverse urban areas, add greenery to site design or urban parks while tackling climate change. Examples of listed heritage renovation in urban areas and site design can be found in previous articles published by Emina Čamdžić, architect and WA Country Reporter BiH.

The LFA exhibitions

London festival of architecture exhibition by architect Emina Čamdžić. Photo by Eminent Atelier

Official photo of the exhibition pavilion with visitors at the LFA, organized by author of the exhibition - architect Emina Čamdžić from Eminent Atelier, (left on the photo) from Sarajevo, BiH. Photo by Eminent Atelier

On the photo above is shown one of the main exhibitions in the London exhibition pavilion organized by the author of the exhibition - architect Emina Čamdžić from Eminent Atelier, from Sarajevo as part of the LFA festival in London.

At the London Festival of Architecture 2023, which was held during June in the British capital, were mentioned numerous crises as challenges such as the climates and other crises also on the built environment:

'We live in a state of multiple crises: climate, health, class and race have highlighted a wide spectrum of systemic inequalities our cities hold – from lack of affordable housing to obvious gaps in provision of green spaces and other natural resources,' describes the LFA.

The LFA theme and projects

In addition to that as stated at the LFA website, the LFA theme and participating projects showcased respond both in physical space and online inclusive forms of practice, built on collaboration, equity, sustainable design and management. With discussions online and in person analysing accessible, free and safe spaces around us, the LFA exhibitions consider aspects including nature such as water, crops for food, a habitable earth, all which must be nurtured and sustained. As stated, architecture and urbanism should regenerate those resources to tackle climate emergency while the LFA community showcases the knowledge, skills and understanding to finding solutions to the challenges faced.

Climate change

While tackling air pollution, there needs to be taken in consideration such aspects, knowledge and skills to have a nurtured and sustained natural surrounding. Read on this theme - tackling air pollution which is affecting human health, - at the articles published by architect Emina Čamdžić. The article mentions further example of London which has tackled air pollution for decades, which has found solutions to this issue rather than has ignored this issue. Therefore, there are no more polluted fogs such as the well - known London smog which occurred in London especially during autumn and winter days.

Climate change prevention within the environment and resources has many aspects while here are only some mentioned with current examples, good practice and interesting which are currently done on this theme such as the LFA festival which happens every year in June in the British capital.

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