“Foster + Partners has withdrawn from Architects Declare because, since our founding in 1967, we have pioneered a green agenda and believe that aviation, like any other sector, needs the most sustainable infrastructure to fulfil its purpose,” said Foster + Partners in a statement issued to Dezeen.
“Agriculture and aviation are not going to go away and they will both need the most sustainable buildings to serve them together with the architects who can most responsibly design them.”
Foster + Partners was one of the founding signaries of the Architects Declare manifesto alongside 16 other high-profile UK studios including Zaha Hadid Architect. Since its foundation, the UK group has gained over 1,000 signatories, while its international sister group has almost 6,000 signatories in over 20 countries.
“Aviation has a vital role to play” in confronting global warming
The decision to leave Architects Declare was made following tensions over signatories, including Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects, designing airports.
The studios have been criticised for being involved in the aviation sector with Architects Declare telling Dezeen last week that high-profile architects are “clearly contravening” climate pledges.
However, Foster + Partners believes that aviation has a role in tackling climate change and preventing future pandemics.
“We believe that the hallmark of our age, and the future of our globally connected world, is mobility,” continued the statement.
“Mobility of people, goods and information across boundaries. Only by internationally coordinated action can we confront the issues of global warming and, indeed, future pandemics. Aviation has a vital role to play in this process and will continue to do so. You cannot wind the clock backwards.”
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