ESALA Declares

A smoke ring at Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant (BIG), indexing the release of 250kg of CO2 into the atmosphere

The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at The University of Edinburgh joins Greta Thunberg, the RIBA, and young people across Scotland in declaring a climate emergency. To confront this crisis with the gravity and urgency it deserves, staff and students from across the School have come together—under the banner ‘ESALA Declares’—to take immediate action.

ESALA Declares is a working group that acknowledges climate breakdown as a socio-ecological crisis — one to which the built environment contributes in no small part. Including members from across ESALA’s specialisms in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, History and Theory, we provide a forum for collectively re-examining our teaching and research practices, our modes of working and making, and our values and responsibilities. We will draw on these discussions to develop ESALA Declares as a platform for students and staff to take action in our School, our University and the wider world.

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, ESALA Declares will develop a range of activities, including curating a public-facing website and lecture series, with the aim to facilitate a re-assessment of our design practices, pedagogies, and values. The lecture series will be launched on Wednesday 25 September 2019 in the Adam House Lecture Theatre, 18:00 – 20:00, with a hosted conversation exploring the question “What does the declaration of a climate emergency mean for architecture?”. Speakers include Scott McAulay (Anthropocene Architecture School), Philip Eccles (Bennetts Associates), and Kate Carter (ESALA).