How findings from Drawdown aid architects in fighting climate change through better materials and methods.

The authors admit it was an audacious idea—to identify the best ways not only to slow global warming but reverse it. They wanted to find ways to “draw down” carbon from the air to slow the fast and steady warming of the planet. The result of their work was Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, the 2017 New York Times bestseller that puts building materials front and center in the fight against climate change. Drawdown was conceived by author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. Hawken brought together an international team of 65 researchers, scientists, engineers, and policymakers—as well as a few architects and designers—to identify, model, and measure the most effective social, ecological, and technological solutions to reduce carbon emissions. Of the 100 solutions proposed in Drawdown, 21 are products and practices that often fall under the control of architects. “Architects and designers play a pivotal role when it comes to reducing or reversing global warming,” says Chad Frischmann, vice president and research director for Project Drawdown… READ MORE>>