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International Journal of Contemporary Architecture ”The New ARCH“ Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015) ISSN 2198-7688
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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF




In the last 40 years our demand on nature has exceeded
what the planet can replenish. Thus, our increasing
demands on nature became unsustainable because we
are eating into our natural capital, making it more
difficult to sustain the needs of future generations and
thus making vulnerable their future.

As reported in the tenth edition of the Living Planet
Report® we currently need 1.5 Earths to meet the
demands. These demands include the renewable
resources we consume for food, fuel and fibre, the land
we build on, and the forests we need to absorb our
carbon emissions.

As of today, almost 7.3 billion humans live on the planet
with the growth rate of about 90 million people per year
(10,300 per hour; almost 3 humans every second).
Additionally, in the last 60 years the world population
lifetime has been increased by more than 20 years, i.e.
from 48 to 70 years. So, mo re than 9 billion people could
live on the planet in 2050.

But the humans growth rate may be soon drastically
decreased mainly by the lack of freshwater.
Founding Editor & Editor–In–Chief
Architect Marina Stosic And talking about water, let us remind that a litre bottle
of water delivered to the point of sale needs the
equivalent of 100–150 grams of oil and 30 grams of
plastic, which needs 50 grams of oil, plus 50–100 grams
of oil for filtering, bottling and shipping. In a bottle, the
water represents under 5% of the value of the energy.

Recalling this 5% of the energy, not to forget is the fact
that one in three people on the planet does not have
access to electricity and 1/4 of the world population
consumes 2/3 of the energy.

On the other side, it is interesting that in order to
produce a single litre of biofuel about 1,000 to 4,000
litres of water are needed, making the circle process of
water somehow strange.
But, is it unique or just one among numerous examples
most close and most understandable to us?
Architecture and building contribute also to similar and
other circle processes, which also might be strange.
In this course, a question arises: What is the role of us
architects?


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A Word from the Editor–in–Chief
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