If any of us has been watching the news, or reading the papers, we are well aware that Hurricane Sandy truly made its presence known on the east coast over this past week. The devastation is at a level that may cause up to 20 billion dollars in damages. Though this hurricane really affects the families and business owners in such cities like New York City and Philadelphia, it gives us through out the world the idea of the storms that are becoming much more frequent in the past few years. In an article titled “Hurricane Sandy changes the trajectory of green design” by Eric Corey Freed, he states that in 2012, we are on track to have the warmest year on current record with 40,000 or so temperature records broken. That number is incredible when you think that that happened in only one year throughout the world. When will people start to realize that climate change is occurring and we really may have pushed Mother Nature too far with the way we inhabited this world.
In the article, Freed states that it is no longer time for architects to design to adapt to a warmer planet, we really need to push forward with our design and take a much more holistic approach to how we design. There is not only the carbon footprint, but also the ethical footprint. We as designers need to think critically about what materials we use, the availability of those materials, and how those materials work together to make the most sustainable infrastructure for the given site. New design programs, such as Architecture For Humanity, are coming together to work collaboratively to make a better tomorrow. No longer can we sit by and follow in the practices of previous architects. It is our time as developing architects to take such horrible disasters like Hurricane Sandy into consideration and figure out how we can design to avoid the consequences that we saw just last week. We are at atipping point in this earth’s lifetime and one step too far will send us over the edge.