THE PATTERN THAT CONNECTS
The recent events related to the CoViD pandemic revealed the need for a thorough afterthought about the way we inhabit the Planet.
The consequences of the lockdown for economy, societies, people and nature showed how everything is connected, and in a way, this is impossible to ignore.
One single virus forced the world’s inhabitants on its knees, changing the usual daily patterns of all of us. In a way never seen before, all human beings felt fear from a common threat.
The consequences of the spread of the virus were visible in a shocking way, as it translated into many deaths in a very short time. The pandemic demonstrated how the life of all human beings can be affected by one single factor common for all. Yet, it also revealed very visibly how the ecological balance of the Planet reacts to hour human induced lock-down.
We could enjoy the silence, the blue of the clean sky, the beauty of our landscapes, but also the emerge of social inequality as underprivileged people were unable to “stay home” for guaranteeing their own health.
Climate change, as a consequence of our way of living, remains as a constant and evident threat to our well-being and to our environment. Differently from the current pandemic situation, we can only partially “touch” how big our impacts are, as they are distributed in time and space, and they are not impacting our daily life enough to be as scaring as the Corona Virus.
The lockdown teaches us to which extent our previous way to live impacts the planet. The world sees a significant decrease in energy demand and consequently in the pollutants contained in all energy-related emissions, and this gives us the opportunity to re-think the way we live and consume.
More than ever it is necessary to find the pattern that connects. The pattern that connects our actions for the health of the Planet, and to the health of all humans.
We need to build up an idea of preservation and resilience that shall be inclusive both socially and ecologically. Humans matter, our life matters, and this requires a shift in the way we inhabit and use this Planet.
This year’s edition of Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes would like to give a contribution to connect things, by proposing a vision for the city as the laboratory for integrating concepts and technologies for lightening our steps on the Planet, considering the human connections as a main sense of our life.
The programme is structured in two parts. The first one includes talks on issues architects are discussing right now, and includes an overview of the possible contribution of Photovoltaics to the energy transition in urban areas. The second part reflects a national, Portuguese, perspective, as the event was originally planned in Lisbon, and the organisers wanted to preserve this context based approach.
The programme will include insights on minimisation of consuming and the use of resources, preservation of cultural and ecological assets, sustainable mobility and people which make sense out of it.