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One Works signs UN Declaration of Principles for Sustainable and Inclusive Design

6th October 2022

One Works signs UN Declaration of Principles for Sustainable and Inclusive Design

Earlier this week, Managing Partner Giulio De Carli, and Transport Planner Ana Paez, were invited to attend and take part in the 83rd session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, in San Marino, to support the launch of the San Marino Declaration.

The Declaration adopted by governments puts forward a set of “Principles for Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Design and Architecture” negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations and grounded in the comprehensive vision of the Sustainable Development Goals. These Principles were launched by Sir Norman Foster and symbolically signed by leading architects and urbanists, including One Works, together with the Orders of Architects of San Marino, and Rimini and Pesaro in Italy.

One Works signs UN Declaration of Principles for Sustainable and Inclusive Design

The Declaration sets out the goal for every city, urban infrastructure and building to be designed in line with the set of integrated and indivisible Principles, aiming to ensure:

  • People-centrality, social responsibility, and inclusivity, by fostering and support social responsibility and integrate diversity and equality through due consideration of the needs of all individuals and households.
  • Respect for cultural identity, values and heritage of places, buildings and communities.
  • Resource efficiency and circularity to limit energy and resource use and, to the extent possible: use recycled materials; reuse and requalify spaces; use rainwater and reduce wastewater generation; and encourage food production through urban agriculture, orchards and food forests.
  • Safety and health, adhering to internationally recognised quality standards; providing safe and sustainable mobility and transport systems, including rail, road, inland waterways and for ports, as well as ensuring accessible walking and meeting spaces, green areas and forests.
  • Respect for nature and natural systems and processes through design that respects plants, animals, and other organisms, and natural habitats. This implies conducting ex-ante environmental impact assessments, allowing spaces for biodiversity, using natural materials and low impact production, assembling and dismantling processes.
  • Climate neutrality through urban design and requalification, adopting creative solutions that reduce pollution and energy use, phase out unsustainable mobility systems, and integrate green energy generation systems in city designs and buildings.
  • People-smartness, harnessing new technologies and connectivity to improve liveability for all, including the most socially disadvantaged groups, to bolster transparency and curb corruption.
  • Resilience, durability, functionality and foresight, to strengthen disaster resilience, especially in the context of climate change; and to make buildings and infrastructure durable and flexible by incorporating spatial adaptability to accommodate new conditions and usages over time.
  • Affordability and accessibility for all citizens.
  • Inter-disciplinary cooperation and networking to foster cohabitation, community involvement, solidarity and social cohesion, taking into account citizens’ diverse needs.
  • Engagement, through consultation with and participation of local communities and stakeholders, to foster trust, ensure needs-responsiveness, and consolidate shared ownership of the city’s future.

Click here to read a full version of the declaration.

The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management works to support regional exchange of experiences and good practices promoting affordable, adequate and climate-neutral housing; and inclusive, circular, smart and sustainable cities as part of countries’ response to and recovery plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more at the UNECE Committee website.

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