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The Committee on the Environment (COTE®) is an AIA Knowledge Community working for architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that empower all AIA members to realize the best social and environmental outcomes with the clients and the communities they serve.

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Did you miss the 2021 Top Ten Toast, download a recording here.

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A big thank you to our partners: 
Founding partner: Building Green
Premier partners: Sherwin-Williams
Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, Milliken, ROCKWOOL, Andersen Windows
Green partners: EPIC Metals
Allied partners: TLC Engineering, Sierra Pacific Windows

GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor. 

Building Blogs of a Better World

By A. Lira V. Luis posted 07-14-2013 02:00 PM


Reflecting on one of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Repositioning themes, “Innovate” inspires ideas on building a better world. It brings to mind a new blog series called “Building as Unusual” by Geekie-Award-winning digital media platform Earth 2 Hub. It involves insights that are influencing the discourse of architecture and the built environment:

“In an era of rapid scientific and technological advancement, the radical ideas of yesteryear are becoming the reality of the present. 3D printing, adaptive architecture, biomimetics, synthetic biology and living technologies are challenging and driving new aesthetics, systems and relationships within the built environment. In her quest to answer the question “how would nature design a city?”, Earth 2 Hub’s Head of Technology Melissa Sterry has met many of the pioneering figures that are exploring the far-reaching potential of new science, new technology and new thinking within both the cities of the present and of the near and far future. In our exclusive new series ‘Building as Unusual’, Earth 2 Hub will introduce you to a handful of these figures and their ideas, so that you too can explore some of the exotic new architectural languages that are evolving - and consider how these may help us to build a better world.” - Earth 2 Hub

I am one of two AIA members who recently contributed in these conversations. Read it today.

Read and follow the rest of the series at
Building as Unusual.

Images by Earth 2 Hub

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