/The SDGs are “universal”: this means they apply to every nation, every sector, every business, every profession, including design and architecture.
/The SDGs are about “integration”: this means they demand a new emphasis on a systemic approach that does not sacrifice environmental and social considerations to economic gain, but rather seeks for true synergies and solutions that benefit people, nature, and prosperity.
/Finally, the SDGs are about “transformation”: this means they challenge us to rethink the way we live, to rebuild all the systems that are degrading ecological and human health — and to make our world sustainable.
/In sum, the SDGs are the ultimate design and architecture challenge: how do we create, and recreate, a world that achieves all 17 of the visionary goals that have now been agreed to by all the world’s nations? And how do we achieve this by the year 2030?
The designers, architects, and creative professionals of the world have been handed a special and enormous responsibility, given to them by the 193 heads of state. They must imagine and bring to life the design elements of a new, sustainable world — quickly.
Designers and architects who accept this new responsibility are essentially making a life-long commitment to bring a sense of care for the whole world to every design project they undertake, and to a process of life-long learning about what designs do, or do not, contribute to “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”