Despite what some people like to say, global warming is real and its effects on our climate have already started to become obvious, in the past few years the entire world has been subject to the effects of our climate shifting, resulting in an increase of natural disasters that various regions have never experienced before. At the very core of building gigantic structures and more and more homes popping up everywhere is because humans needs shelter to live in, if you go around the world you will see that every region has its own kind of buildings that are designed to shield their occupants from the various elements that exist in the area.
For example, Japan has buildings that are more resilient to earthquakes, but one cannot expect buildings to last forever, when natural disasters come, even the strongest building will fall if it has not been constructed to specifically counter such events. Fortunately there has been a lot of advancement in our architectural capabilities over the centuries and various experiments are begin carried out to prevent natural disasters from being too taxing in the future. What architects should focus on the most right now is to come up with constructional designs that safeguard from the forces of nature.
America has recently been struck by two catastrophic hurricanes in a row and Mexico has had its hands full after its latest earthquakes, both nations have faced a lot of loss but fortunately there are many architects who have been working tirelessly in order to turn the tides and provide refugees with shelter. Cargo containers have been transformed into shelters, concert halls and gymnasiums have been repurposed into makeshift living areas and in some cases architects are even re-erecting half structures so that their owners can settle down once again. The amount of ingenuity is endless, and there are numerous other parties who are working on finding out ways in which they can avert crises like this in the future.
Architects have also fully accepted the fact that no amount of reinforcements can keep the forces of nature at bay, so instead of trying to oppose them, they have accepted them and integrated them into their design strategies, building in confined areas to avoid rising sea levels, finding ways to break strong coastal winds and more. However, the biggest obstacle that comes in the way is how to implement such strategies in already existing urban areas, unfortunately, there are not any solid answers available so far but hopefully we can expect them in the near future.
It is high time that the world accepts the fact that climate change is happening and at a really fast rate due to the effects of our modernisation, the longer we ignore this problem the more it will put our long term sustainability at risk. The best way an architect can do this is by erecting structures that are designed with the long term changes of their environment kept in mind.