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Architecture to postpone the end of the world

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🗞️ Driving the news: Ailton Krenak, a Brazilian indigenous leader, environmentalist, and philosopher, released a book titled "Ideas to Postpone the End of the World," emphasizing the reconciliation between humanity and nature as crucial for delaying potential catastrophes

🔭 The context: Krenak emphasizes the importance of understanding the interconnectedness of all life forms and the devastating impact of disregarding this bond
• He does so by highlighting the resilience of indigenous ancestors, who used creativity and poetry to resist the homogenization and destructive tendencies of colonizers

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By embracing vernacular architecture and using locally sourced materials, we can promote sustainability and honor historical contexts
• Indigenous communities offer inspiration for sustainable solutions, as seen in Francis Kéré's clay wall constructions and Anna Heringer's bamboo structures in Bangladesh

⏭️ What's next: Nature-based solutions, such as rain gardens, rainbeds, and wetlands, are essential for urban environments, by addressing challenges like flooding, pollution, and climate change
• Renovating existing buildings and incorporating recycling practices can further help in postponing the effects of climate change

💬 One quote: “We are constantly reminded of the consequences of our recent choices. If we can break free from the collective blindness gripping the world, it might lead us to collaborate across cultures, not to save others, but to save ourselves.” (Ailton Krenak, author)

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