Foster + Partners withdrawals from Architects Declare climate change group

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Breaking news: UK architecture studio Foster + Partners has withdrawn form climate change action group Architects Declare, stating that aviation needs “sustainable infrastructure to fulfil its purpose”.

The studio led by Norman Foster revealed the decision to leave the group, that it was one of the founding signaries of when it launched in 2019, in a statement issued to Dezeen.

“Foster + Partners has withdrawn from Architects Declare because, since our founding in 1967, we have pioneered a green agenda and believe that aviation, like any other sector, needs the most sustainable infrastructure to fulfil its purpose,” said the statement from Foster + Partners.

“Unlike Architects Declare we are committed to address that need.”

“Aviation has a vital role to play” in confronting global warming

The decision was made following tensions over signatories including Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects designing airports.

The studios have been criticised for being involved in the aviation sector with Architects Declare telling Dezeen last week that high-profile architects are “clearly contravening” climate pledges.

However, Foster + Partners believes that aviation has a role in tackling climate change and preventing future pandemics.

“We believe that the hallmark of our age, and the future of our globally connected world, is mobility,” continued the statement.

“Mobility of people, goods and information across boundaries. Only by internationally coordinated action can we confront the issues of global warming and, indeed, future pandemics. Aviation has a vital role to play in this process and will continue to do so. You cannot wind the clock backwards.

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