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World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every October by the International Union of Architects (UIA). The occasion dates back to 2005 with the goal of reminding the world about the role that architects play in designing the future of our cities and the way we live, work, and play.

As the UN Climate Change Conference approaches, the UIA selected “Architecture, Building, Climate” as this year’s theme to highlight the importance of sustainability and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through urban planning, architecture, and construction practices.

With climate change as a looming threat, buildings are becoming more energy efficient and increasingly relying on renewable energy sources. From photovoltaic solar panels and geothermal HVAC systems, to built-in wind turbines and green roofs, here’s a look at some of the world’s most sustainable buildings as seen on Instagram.

Shanghai Tower – Shanghai, China

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California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, California

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Photo: l.esley/Instagram

One Angel Square – Manchester, UK

A photo posted by Jamie Parks (@jamie_parks) on

Photo: jamie_parks/Instagram

Bahrain World Trade Center – Manama, Bahrain

A photo posted by Abdulelah Abdulla (@abdo321) on

Photo: abdo321/Instagram

The Crystal – London, UK

Photo: artchiphoto/Instagram

Bank of America Tower – New York City

A photo posted by Ryan Budhu (@ryan_budhu) on

Photo: ryan_budhu/Instagram

Pearl River Tower – Guangzhou, China

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Intercontinental Sanya Resort – Sanya, China

A photo posted by maxiiiii<3 (@mawoolstone) on

Photo: mawoolstone/Instagram

The Edge – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo: plparchitecture/Instagram

1 Bligh – Sydney, Australia

A photo posted by Kel Morales (@kemikulz) on

Photo: kemikulz/Instagram

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