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Rewild UN, The UN Climate Council

The proposal of a new Climate Council as a 7th organ to the existing organs of the United Nations aims to elevate the issue of the climate crisis. It aims to provide a permanent venue for countries to come together and resolve the climate crisis.

The study recognizes the UN Headquarters as a product of modern industrialization located within the urban jungle of New York City. The new Climate Council will reintroduce the indigenous forest of precolonial Mannahatta into the UN Headquarters in an attempt to rewild the site, providing space for a diverse ecosystem as part of the architecture of the new Climate Council. The design further tries to extend nature into the interior of the new building by using timber as a sustainable building material. A forest of timber columns organizes a new assembly hall, lobby space, meeting rooms, offices, etc. Together with the timber columns, the design also uses recycled brick from deconstructed buildings as a flooring material and photo-voltaic glass to power parts of the building energy.

Through the Climate Council project, the design interrogates the urban expansion of cities and cutting down forests for industrial use.