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UNISSON(S) Movement: Towards Low Carbon and Living Architecture

With its manifesto, the UNISSON(S) movement supported by the New European Bauhaus and carried by A4MT, Construction 21, Contrast-e, the French Institute for Building Performance (IFPEB), and Dominique Boré, Honorary President of the Maison de l’Architecture Ile-de-France and member of the Academy of Architecture, brings together the actors of design, construction, planning, landscape and industry in order to promote the emergence of a new architecture, the basis for the evolution of the challenges of ecological transition.

This manifesto aims to bring together the gray matter of architects and encourage them in their commitment to new architecture and thus enable the construction and real estate sector to reduce its environmental impact.

L’A4MT (Action for Market Transformation), the French Institute for Building Performance (IFPEB)Construction21 and the New European Bauhaus 2022 unite around the manifesto ” low-carbon and living architecture “.

This manifesto aims to bring together the gray matter of architects and encourage them in their commitment to new architecture and thus enable the construction and real estate sector to reduce its environmental impact.

At the origin of the project, the architect is mobilized upstream of the players in the sector and thus has an essential role in the management of the project.

The UNISSON(S) manifesto thus aims to bring out a new architecture by bringing together the entire industry around the architect to revisit the relationship to nature and to everyone’s needs.

UNISSON(S) Movement: Towards Low Carbon and Living Architecture


A fundamental historical trend is at work in society: to put an end to the degradation and even the suffering that our modern practices bring to the environment.

Climate change and the collapse of biodiversity are proven. If the consequences on the disruption of the Earth system and the survival of the human species in particular are indisputable, the latest expert reports – the IPCC for the climate, the IPBES for biodiversity – nevertheless affirm our ability to limit the effects of this double upheaval. It is through our political choices and our actions that we can make the ecological transition a reality.

Never before have citizens expressed so clearly their wish to live in better harmony with the living, to have a society that respects planetary limits and resources.

Among the first sectors to generate a negative impact on our environment (40% of greenhouse gas emissions, destruction and fragmentation of ecosystems, major cause of the erosion of life), and at the same time an essential player in the life of the city, the construction and real estate sector has begun its transformation, with the help of voluntary approaches as well as forced march. With the ambition to reinvent our cities, competitions, calls for expressions of interest or even calls for projects have broadened the scope of skills assessed and increased the requirement.

And the solutions are there: use of low carbon impact materials including organic and geo-sourced, renovation and reuse via the circular economy, control of energy performance and bioclimatism, respect and reintroduction of living things into projects are all proof of an ongoing evolution. In a very innovative way, France is implementing in 2022 an Environmental Construction Regulation which takes up the first environmental challenge of the time – climate change – by restricting the carbon content of structures.

And now, with these new requirements, our vision widens to architectural culture.

Because, isn’t there a new architectural thought to emerge in response to the visible environmental dissonance of a building, and its inadequacy to the challenges of time? With a minimum of technical knowledge, we now look with desolation at any new construction with minimal energy performance, a failed or unambitious bioclimatism, a forgotten biodiversity, resulting from “doing as usual because that’s what we know how to do », with carbon processes. What will happen to the project which, like an insult to intelligence, will not have summoned modularity, low carbon, renewable energies or reuse, the preservation of finite resources and the memory of our past constructions? ?

Is the subject excessive, the criticism of habit too violent? No more than the climatic and societal upheavals that await us if we do not lead this revolution in the act of building. The madness now would be to continue as yesterday, even though the technical solutions are already known for the most part.

The concrete result, in our cities, is however still too often disappointing. Unfortunately, some actors, crippled by the weight of habits, continue to ignore scientific knowledge and refuse to integrate technical progress. They mislead the good conscience of citizens and practice deceptive marketing, rather than implementing a necessary pedagogy.

In the fortunately more and more numerous cases of so-called virtuous projects, where the search for the “better” sincerely guides the design, despite the alignment of functionalities and the achievement of performance, when the project “checks all the boxes”, the result is quite bland: it lacks meaning.

Of all the favorable developments in the process of rapid development, this architecture is the basis of the evolution of new challenges for the city and of a whole new culture to be shared. From the integration of sometimes contradictory injunctions, from the analysis of a sum of data, after consultation with the stakeholders, from the sponsor to the users, the project manager traces a path, writes a project, without question and in essence imperfect but in no way “lukewarm”.

It is up to the first of the arts to reveal itself in a new way of thinking and to synthesize constructive solutions for a project, the whole being not simply the sum of the parts but a subtle harmony. Only the architect will be able to give our societies the overall vision necessary to materialize our collective ambition to design and build differently..

This is why we are committed to federating, encouraging and promoting all the players in the sector who are involved in the development of a new architecture. To achieve this, we take the side of identifying and showing concrete experiences, deciphering their successes as well as their pitfalls. We wish to stimulate debate between specialists and create dialogue with society as a whole, through roaming in the different regions of France, to allow the development of a critical and informed view of our non-expert fellow citizens. In addition to its anchorage and its hexagonal influence, our dynamic wants to be the representative of a “French school” within the new European Bauhaus. promoted with the same political intention by the European Commission.

The challenge is nothing less than encouraging the emergence of a new architecture.

We are committed to uniting in the only way possible, that of the creative and cultural translation of a new ecological, social and economic pact for the city: a political choice.

The UNISSON(S) movement therefore brings together architects, landscape architects, project owners, designers, elected officials, schools and all planning and city trades, intuitu personae and via their companies or organisations.

Together, we want this architecture of a new world, that of low carbon and living things, to emerge quickly in order to respond in a concrete and sensitive way, for buildings, cities, living things, to society’s powerful desire for this new resource economy.

RE-UNIT, UNIT … UNISON(S) all the architects to bring out a new architecture!

RE-UNITE, UNIT … UNISON(S) US AROUND all the architects to bring out a new architecture!

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