/The Oslo Manifesto:
Design and Architecture for the SDGs
The Oslo Manifesto was born out of a conversation between big dreamers in design and sustainability.
It all started in Oslo on November 17, 2015, at the Framtanker (Forward Thinking) conference hosted by The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA).
The room was full of designers, R & D managers, and leaders in sustainability, sports, and fashion from around the world.
The discussion was about the critical role that design, architecture, and city planning play in the creation of a sustainable world. How can we get more designers to take responsibility and truly realize the difference they can make?
The Sustainable Development Goals entered the dialogue.
And then a question — What if we could translate the SDGs into something that designers could really get behind? Really make use of?
A spark was born.
The Oslo Manifesto was drafted.
And then we decided to make it real.
The purpose of the Oslo Manifesto is to energize a movement of designers, architects, and city planners — and the organizations and institutions they work with — to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate them into their work as design standards for a new sustainable world.
The Oslo Manifesto is more than a public declaration or another set of design standards. And it’s intended to serve far beyond the deadline of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Oslo Manifesto is an embodiment of the movement towards a new, empowered standard of design which compassionately shapes and harmonizes with the systems of the earth, its communities, and the beings that live on it.
We hope that the Oslo Manifesto and this website will help you meaningfully translate the Sustainable Development Goals into your everyday work and life, and inspire ‘aha’ moments of insight into how you can act, today, to help the world realize the SDGs and the sustainable future beyond them.