Architecture has an important role to play in sustainable development. Mario Cucinella will explain his approach to "sustainable architecture" which considers the environmental impact of a building, and introduces the concept of "creative empathy". According to this, each building has the potential to redesign, not only its internal spaces, but also its immediate environment and even cultural and socio-economic systems. Buildings have the potential to establish an intimate relationship ("creative empathy") that links people, places and local technologies, thus creating environments that are enriching as both living and working spaces. the lecture will make extensive reference to the work carried out by his own firm of architects (MCA) and the initiatives of Building Green Futures, a non-profit organization recently set up by him.