This year, we needed a theme that is simple and bold, yet positive and light-hearted for a sense of optimism, a foil to the crises that our world faces.
“Our world” means different things to different people: to a child it could be a classroom or a school, to a young family it could be their new home: to others it could be their beloved neighborhood to planners (and some DC superheroes) it could be the city, and to more and more people it is our planet, this World. Crucially a world worth saving.
“Architecture Saving OUR World” is not about grand architecture or the magnificence of architecture, but new ideas and responsible designs that benefit our ecology and humanity – climate change, public health, social equity and cultural continuity. Some of these have yet to make their way into mainstream architecture, but there is no lack of the spirit of 'creative activism' within the profession, creating concepts and testing postulations.