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International Journal of Contemporary Architecture ”The New ARCH“ Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017)  ISSN 2198-7688

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Founding Editor & Editor–In–Chief     A month ago, sometime between July 10th and July 12th
             Architect Marina Stosic  a giant iceberg – one of the largest ever recorded – of
                                      about 6,000 km2, twice the size of Luxembourg, more
                                      than four times the size of London, about the size of the
                                      U.S. state of Delaware, ten times the size of Manhattan
                                      Island or more than seven New York Cities, almost half
                                      the size of Jamaica has split off from the Larsen C ice
                                      shelf on the Antarctic peninsula. Although scientists are
                                      not sure if any relation to human-induced climate
                                      change exist, the loss of such massive peace will leave
                                      whole Larsen C ice shelf vulnerable to future collapse,
                                      which could raise global sea levels by 10 cm.

                                      Three weeks after this event, on June 1st the U.S.
                                      president announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from
                                      the 2015 Paris climate agreement, signed by almost 190
                                      countries.

                                      Both events attracted worldwide attention, but
                                      unfortunately for a short time and without any
                                      particular steps.

                                      This has motivated myself to summarise a part of
                                      research I am doing since mid of 2016 and write the first
                                      part of my thoughts on “Architecture Facing Sea Level
                                      Rise” entitled “Is the Human Footprint on Our Plant
                                      Accelerating Out of Control”, which may be found in
                                      Editorial of this Issue.

                                      Aside from this, we initiated also the S.ARCH
                                      Architecture Competitions FACING SEA LEVEL RISE,
                                      pursuing solutions to deal with the threats from the
                                      ongoing global sea level changes, which is the new pillar
                                      of the S.ARCH conferences and will be introduced
                                      already on the next S.ARCH-2018 conference to be
                                      organised 22-24 May 2018 in Venice, Italy.

                                      Last but not least, we presented a short overview of the
                                      last S.ARCH-2017 conference in Hong Kong and put
                                      together seven interesting articles.

                                      So, take a time to flip the Journal and have a nice,
                                      healthy and enjoyable summer.

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