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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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To learn about the Framework for Design Excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures), click here.

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

Check out COTE's history and timeline. 

Starting a local COTE or sustainability group and need some guidance? Check out the AIA COTE Network Guide here.

A big thank you to our partners: 
Founding partner: Building Green
Premier partners: Kingspan, Sherwin-Williams
Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, Kawneer, Milliken, ROCKWOOL
Green partners: AutodeskEPIC MetalsHKSThornton Tomasetti, Skanska
Allied partners: TLC Engineering, Sierra Pacific Windows

GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

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

Design the Future podcast: Susan Szenasy

  • 1.  Design the Future podcast: Susan Szenasy

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    Susan Szenasy is one of the best known design critics and editors of the past four decades. During her tenure (from the mid 1980s until a few years ago), Metropolis magazine became one of the most expansive design publications in the American media landscape -- covering all disciplines and tackling sustainability as an integral part of design. 

    Lindsay Baker and I talked to Susan about ethics, trombe walls, why the disciplines don't talk to one another much, and how the "architects pollute" cover story in 2003 spotlighted built environment emissions. Susan's view on design is all-encompassing. She has the appreciation of a historian and the the gravity of a pragmatist (perhaps rooted in her childhood in Communist Hungary). She showed how a media platform could elevate voices and ideas -- about who design is for, how it relates to ecology and planet, how we teach it, and how it is valued and funded in our culture (and why that matters). A collection of her writing and talks is available in Szenasy: Design Advocate (Metropolis Books, 2014). 

    Listen on our site (www.designthefuture/episodes/susan-szenasy) or on your favorite podcast platform.
    Thank you to our producers, Amber Artrip and Clare Becker.

    Also: please drop us a note here or elsewhere about what you are reading or listening to that is making you think or giving you a boost as we roll into 2022.

    #designthefuture #climateaction #womeninsustainability #womeningreen


    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA
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