Architectural practices will be joining marches across the country in solidarity with the Climate Strike demonstrations and industrial action taking place tomorrow (20 September)
The global climate strike is a response from business and industry in support of the millions of pupils who have already participated in the Fridays for Future school strikes in recent months, originally sparked by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
The international walk-outs also follow the Extinction Rebellion protests earlier this year and the declaration of a climate emergency by the UK Parliament and others, including the RIBA.
Among the practices encouraging their staff to down tools and march is Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The firm said it would then be linking its offices in Bath, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and London for ‘an informal lunchtime carbon footprint review’ before hosting an afternoon of collaborative zero-carbon project workshops.
Other firms known to be taking part in marches include Bennetts Associates, Chetwoods, Exploration Architecture, PRP, Penoyre & Prasad and Stanton Williams.
East London-based Child Graddon Lewis has planned a whole week of activities and is redesigning its studio’s courtyard to create ‘a symbol for many years to come of 20 September’. It has invited local primary school children to help with planting seeds.
Meanwhile, staff from LTS Architects will also be striking and looking at how to ‘green’ the practice. The team at RIBA Stirling Prize-winning practice dRMM said it too would be ’taking recess from our regular studio work for the day’ and marching from Store Street before ’regrouping at the studio for an internal discussions aimed at identifying measurable changes we can make as a practice’.
Alex Ely’s firm mae architects said his practice would will be joining the Climate Strikers. He said: ’We have a programme of climate-related debates and workshops. Attendance at the march is voluntary, so we anticipate having skeleton cover, but we are informing clients that we’re engaging with the strike.’
ArchitecturePLB announced it would be stopping work tomorrow afternoon ’to host a multi-disciplinary climate workshop’.
In London, the UK Green Building Council has called on architects and other industry professionals to gather outside The Building Centre, in Store Street, London WC1, at 11:45am, before marching down to join the main demonstration at Millbank.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: ’This week’s strike represents a significant moment in climate action, with people around the world rallying to demand change from governments and industries.
’I hope architects will participate in some form, to progress the issue and improve the way they practice to address this major problem. The RIBA is supporting a number of its staff to participate in the strike, and holding workshops for colleagues to share information and discuss practical actions that all individuals can take.
Architects must step up and take the lead
‘Our profession has a very significant role to play in tackling the emergency. Architects have the knowledge and insights, skills and evidence to reduce carbon emissions – we must step up and take the lead.’
The AJ will be reporting from Store Street and tweeting about the day’s protests. Anyone wishing to join in on Twitter should use the hashtag #climatestrike and also tag @architectsjrnal.
David Morley Architects are supporting the Global Climate Strike. This Friday, colleagues will be attending events in London. Join us here: https://t.co/axGbWUG0Jb … or find your local event here: https://t.co/fc5OwWIKF0 #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/S1Jj7NOy5B pic.twitter.com/44bVx7RXUF— David Morley Arch (@DavidMorleyArch) September 19, 2019
On Friday, millions of people around the world will walk out of workplaces & homes to join young people as they demand an end to the age of fossil fuels & climate justice for all. We proudly support our teams from around the world as they take to the streets.#ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/ROV3TO6TCf— Grimshaw Architects (@GrimshawArch) September 19, 2019
Architype are supporting the Global Climate Strike. This Friday, colleagues will be attending events in London, Hereford, Bristol and Edinburgh. Join us here: https://t.co/Eex9HjsaXh or find your local event here: https://t.co/BphrYu5AI6 #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/5F3lD97axX— Architype (@ArchitypeUK) September 17, 2019
This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes as part of the #climatestrike to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. HSA will be marching as architects, and as members of the Liverpool and global community. Join us at St. George’s Hall at 12! pic.twitter.com/HyPPjqQ7Xw— HarrisonStringfellow (@hsahello) September 13, 2019
Please join me, my team, @UKGBC members, #builtenvironment organisations, my children, friends and family on the #GlobalClimateStrike 20th September. To change everything, we do indeed need EVERYONE! https://t.co/BKQxDLIOCj https://t.co/sDWBOnBihT— Julie Hirigoyen (@JHirigoyen) September 11, 2019
We support the #GlobalClimateStrike @2030architects because we believe in a @Living_Future @livingbuilding https://t.co/pFKG9JTiL0 https://t.co/2lrZKWotAR#ArchitectsDeclare #ClimateEmergency #lakedistrict #cumbria #TheTimeIsNow #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/EYiiQDtniK— 2030 architects (@2030architects) September 17, 2019