Singapore Landscape Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

The twin crises of climate change and mass biodiversity loss are the most serious issues of our time. Infrastructure, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy related carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions but climate change is only one of the drivers accelerating global biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and damage. Changes in land and sea use, exploitation of organisms, pollution, invasive alien species and erosion of precious soils compound these crises.

Whilst we have always regarded ourselves as stewards of the environment there is much more we can do. We, as landscape architects, are very well positioned to lead the change in meeting societies’ needs without breaching the earth’s ecological capacities and environmental limits.

Together with clients, stakeholders and collaborating consultants, we will need to take a leading role in planning, designing and commissioning landscapes, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create landscapes, public realms and master plans that have a more positive impact on the world around us and which conserve and enhance both the natural and built environments.

We will seek to:

Founding signatories:

D'Land, DP Green, Grant Associates, ICN Design International, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design

We hope that all Singapore landscape architecture practices will join us in making this commitment.

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D'Land DP Green Grant Associates ICN Design International Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design
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