The April-July issue of Architecture & Design magazine is now available
In a recent article on climate change, Tina Fox, head of the sustainability transformation group and senior partner of Scott Carver, wrote in an online edition of Architecture & Design: “… we can’t afford to live. in ignorance and that the unthinkable can and does happen. Second, and on a more positive side, it has become clear that massive change is possible, and we need to listen to the science. “
And there is this line: “… we have to listen to science.” But does anyone really listen to science? Whether we are talking about climate change or a pandemic or even the myriad of other issues that society is currently grappling with, science seems to be like the instructions for an Ikea wall unit – we only refer to it when we don’t. can not figure out how to put it together.
If we listened to science, in 2021 would we be faced with the issue of buildings covered with flammable cladding? If we had listened to the science, would we have been able to prevent the growing number of structural defects in residential towers? And yes, there is the issue of climate change and many other issues that humans have seemingly “forgotten” how to tackle with the appropriate level of frontal cortex courage.
David Hall, senior policy researcher at Auckland University of Technology wrote in The Conversation: “At its core, denial of climate change is a conflict between facts and values. People deny the climate crisis because, for them, it is wrong. “
Could it be a question of “feelings” rather than “facts” or is it more complex than that? “Contemporary social psychologists,” Hall writes, “tend to talk about it in terms of” reasoned reasoning. ” Because the facts of climate science conflict with the existing beliefs and values of people, they reason around the facts. “
So it’s all about “reasoned reasoning” – or to put it bluntly, prejudice and denial. But getting back to science, perhaps part of the problem also lies in the fact that Western society has for years moved away from scientific logic in favor of more “ practical ” centers like economics, law and finance, all fine and noble activities, but far more inclined to put “feelings” on an equal footing with “facts”. Maybe Pain will be a good teacher and force humans to face reality – or as I like to call it, science.
The April-July issue of Architecture and design is out now. Go to https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/magazine