An eventful 20 years have passed since fall 2001, when Romano Minozzi, founder of the Iris Ceramica Group, started the Floornature international architecture and design portal, conceived as a place to inform, document and reflect on the rapid changes taking place in the architectural landscape, including a strong focus on materials for contemporary architecture and exclusive interviews with leading protagonists of the design and architecture world. A undertaking that has grown and evolved over time: on the one hand, focusing attention on the younger generations, to help provide visibility to new talents in the architecture landscape, through the Next Landmark international competition and, on the other hand, by taking the initiative to experiment and develop innovative communication strategies that include the platform’s popular social media pages and the more recent podcasts. All this, without neglecting to give ample attention to pressing and urgent issues concerning the relationship between architecture and the environment, sustainability and the related strategies, closely followed by Livegreenblog, Floornature’s ten-year-old blog.
To mark its 20th anniversary, Floornature's portal experience is enriched by a new and prestigious partnership as media partner of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and of the Future Spaces Foundation for the “Building Natural Connections” webinars. The series of talks is being organised in the run-up to the "UN Climate Change Conference" COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties set to take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 of this year, under the presidency of the United Kingdom and in partnership with Italy.
In view of this important international event, the independent Future Spaces Foundation think tank of Make Architects, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is hosting a series of webinars that explore an important question: “How can we leverage the interdependence between nature, society and economy to provide solutions for a sustainable built environment?”
A series of three chaired talks in which different points of view will be explored, from the world of business, politics and finance, to the academic and civil society landscapes, to offer solutions to the triple “climate, nature and human wellbeing” crisis that is shaking the world today.
Starting with the premise that we must take action and change – and that it is in our interest to do so – the talks will explore ways to unlock and promote positive action, sharing specific experiences and examples of “behaviour and cultural change, new financing and measurement techniques, simple and complex solutions”,, to help us embrace these challenges in a positive way, so that they can be transformed into innovation and shared values.
The three webinars are:
"Changing climate, changing culture", to be held on September 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm BST
Constructions and buildings account for nearly 40% of CO2 emissions, despite the availability of lower-emission technological solutions. A cultural change is therefore needed and so we must also ask ourselves how can we accelerate and reaffirm our commitment to climate-related issues and what are the responsibilities in this sense.
Banking on bio-resilience, to be held on October 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm BST
Starting from the reflection that land degradation translates into a significant risk for the global economy, we will discuss the idea of integrating the value of nature and biodiversity into decision-making processes in order to improve resilience, human wellbeing, carbon reduction and economic stability.
Unlocking social value, to be held on October 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm BST
Starting from the reflection that most urban spaces do not have human wellbeing as one of their main objectives, we will look at how to engage all the various actors of the design process to help "reduce socio-economic inequalities, enhancing access to nature, supporting food security and prioritising health and wellbeing", while sharing experiences to learn from each other and understand how to measure the results achieved.