What role can architecture play in the social, environmental and economical challenges that our communities must face? PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture) is an international network bringing together architects interested in sustainability. The title of this edition is Architecture in (R)evolution, i.e. revolution (and evolution) starting from architecture, which in turn means how we can rethink the way we design buildings and cities to safeguard our planet. During the 31st edition of the PLEA conference, over 350 sustainability experts from all over the world consulted each other and shared ideas to find effective and replicable solutions suitable for different climates, cultures and situations. At the end of the conference, the “Bologna PLEA Charter” on sustainability was drawn up, a collection of proposals freely available to all which will be presented to institutions with the objective of triggering a revolutionary mechanism from the widespread knowledge that we need urgent solutions. Leading to a true evolution of our way to apply sustainability.
PLEA is an independent non-profit network created with the purpose of sharing experiences and knowledge in the art and sciences sectors as well as in town, land and environmental planning. Ever since it was first formed in 1981, PLEA has been organising important international workshops and conferences in cities such as Lima, Beirut, Quebec City, Dublin and Santiago.
The objective of the conference is to go beyond green building by embracing an all-round idea of sustainability in which architecture and town planning become practical tools to build a lifestyle that is in harmony with the ecosystem and local resources. The 2015 edition was organised by the Plea International association Building Green Futures, founded by architect Cucinella in 2012 with a precise goal in mind - collecting ideas to create a new architectural vision as a driving force for the development of a concept of sustainability based on human needs and socio-economic trends. The conference is supported by the Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori (National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Preservers), the Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare (Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea) and EXPO Milano 2015.