The Future. In the year 2050, scientists say that the world will be a very scary place for us humans. In that year, air pollution will be so severe it will kill at least 6 million people every year. Carbon emission from cars and factories that are amongst the top in carbon emission will also result in warmer weather a three to six degree rise will be expected according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development or OECD for short.
More than half of the world’s population will not have access to clean drinking water. The rain forests could be extinct while hurricanes and storms will be more frequent and more severe than ever. These are the reasons why we need to stand up and do something about our environment as soon as possible. Lucky for us we have Landscape Architects. Most landscape architects make it a point to create structures that focus on saving or sustaining the environment.
Landscape Architects can actually help save the earth and make a big impact. Right now, most landscape architects have been putting up more sustainable buildings and parks around the world. With many green roofs and green buildings emerging in various countries around the world if this trend becomes bigger we may have a different outcome come 2050. For example soil. In some areas soil is heavily contaminated with toxins and heavy metals that affect the underground bodies of water which then take a ripple effect and affects the whole ecosystem in that area.
Air purification is being taken into consideration by these landscapers by installing more plants inside homes and buildings to make indoor air better while adding the green roofs on top of buildings in busy cities to cancel out all the carbon emission from vehicles and factories nearby.
An example of a Landscape Architect that puts a premium on saving the environment is Ken Yeang from Malaysia. He considers himself an ecologist first and an architect second. He integrates his architecture and saving the environment into one discipline so seamlessly. One of his biggest projects is the National Library in Singapore where in it is a 120m tall spiral like building with two large sky courts and the nearly complete Spire Edge Tower. The National Library in Singapore is actually dubbed the Library of the Tropics because it uses bioclimatic designs and techniques. It is dubbed as a green building because of its green features and energy efficient way towards a more sustainable environment.
Because of Landscape Architects like Ken Yeang the world is taking a step in the right direction towards life. It is slowly dying because of our everyday choices and we must wake up and be more conscious of what we do. Let Ken Yeang be a role model for all young Landscape Architects and hopefully inspire them to do the same for all of their projects no matter how big or small because if all landscape architects make an effort to make their projects greener, in time we may not have to even think about our earth deteriorating but actually getting stronger and stronger.