We are living in a time where there is urgent talk about the harm human kind is doing to our home—Planet Earth! Global Warming is being discussed globally on many levels. Government leaders, scientists, engineers, and architects are weighing in on the topic being more cognizant of our impact on the health of our home—Earth! Alexander Pope, the famed 18th century English poet, once exclaimed in an epistle to Burlington (1731):
“To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
To rear the column, or the arch to bend,
To swell the Terras, or to sink the grot;
In all, let Nature never be forgot.”
What are your thoughts on the role of architects, artists, engineers, the creative class, in our time, with regards to their responsibility, their burden toward Nature and Planet Earth? Are we paying enough attention to our impact on the global environment with our rampant desire to build and push forward with our technology? In short, are we the solution or the problem?