Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Coalition of National Design Associations Proposes New National Academy

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Coalition of National Design Associations Proposes New National Academy

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A growing coalition of national organizations focused on the built environment has agreed to create a new National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) to coordinate research, generate new knowledge, distribute vital information, and make recommendations to policy makers on how to reduce the negative impact of cities, buildings, landscapes, and transportation on our global climate. The built environment--the communities and buildings we occupy--produces nearly half of all the greenhouse gases and consumes almost 40% of the energy that humans use. Architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, public health physicians, building contractors, researchers, scientists, and many others all play vital roles in designing and constructing the built environment. Yet there is no single entity, no national-level public or private body, charged with coordinating the existing work, or defining the needed research to improve the energy performance and environmental impact of the designed world. Similarly, there is no single entity charged with understanding and documenting improvements to the quality of life that can come through a better built environment. The NAED will take up that charge.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) have all endorsed a resolution to establish the NAED. The NAED would incorporate the full range of design and planning disciplines, including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, interior design, product design, and graphic design and work with the other National Academies in providing expertise for the National Research Council boards and committees that advise Congress and other levels of government on public policy. …

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