Symposium for Design for Climate Adaptation

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    The Design for Climate Adaptation pre-event serves to generate interest and discussion around the theme of this year’s International Union of Architects conference: Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind. The Design for Climate Adaptation track emphasizes people, multiple forms of research, knowledges, and action.

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    12.05.2022

     Confirmed speakers:

    - Amanda Yates (Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand)

    - Ken Yeang (Hamzah and Yeang Architects, Malaysia)

    - Daniel Glen (7 Directions Architects, USA)

    - Klaus Klass Loenhart (Professor, Graz University of Technology / Founder of Terrain: Integral Designs, Austria)

    Full programme will be announced here in the near future.

    The Design for Climate Adaptation pre-event serves to generate interest and discussion around the theme of this year’s International Union of Architects conference: Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind. The Design for Climate Adaptation track emphasizes people, multiple forms of research, knowledges, and action. It seeks high and low-tech solutions to environmental and ecological design that make buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, cities, and regions regenerative, resilient, and adaptive to climate change impacts. Methods for centering wellbeing, generating energy, harvesting rainwater, heating and cooling, purifying air and water, sequestering carbon, supporting biodiversity, and designing waste out of systems allow us to rethink how buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities are designed, operate, and contribute positively to the socio-ecological systems they are within.

    Change over time, temporality, and future climate scenarios will be addressed by design for rising sea levels; increasing extreme weather events such as flood, drought, and wildfire; and strategic consideration for effective stormwater design, reduction of desertification, and protection of biodiversity. Beyond these direct effects of climate change, the indirect impacts of climate change will also influence the shape of future buildings, landscapes and cities. These include social and cultural change; changes to human migration patterns; changes to economic contexts; the urgency to decarbonise; and issues related to changing availability of resources.

    Design for Climate Adaptation: Knowledge to Action aims to help humans adapt as effectively and appropriately as possible, in both technical and cultural ways by encouraging built environments to integrate with, regenerate, and become part of cooperative symbiotic ecologies.  

    Panel 1: Adaptation Through Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptation Through Frameworks

    June 7, 5pm ET; June 8, 9am NZ

    Adaptation with Indigenous Knowledges presents design-oriented scholarship and/or indigenous or local understandings and practices of approaches to climate change adaptation. During this panel, we will seek to answer the following questions: How can local and Indigenous knowledges shape, challenge, or improve our understanding of climate change adaptation through the lens of spatial design, planning, and ways of living in the built environment? What are climate adaptation-related concepts or projects led or challenged by Indigenous people and communities?

    Panel 2: Adaptation Through Nature Based Solutions

    June 8, 5pm ET; June 9, 9am NZ

    Adaptation Through Nature-based Solutions (NBS) examines the means to achieve multi-scalar and interdependent climate adaptation and ecological regeneration. This panel will seek to answer the following question: How are people currently working with, understanding, integrating with, and/or emulating nature in the built environment to aid and transform efforts to adapt to climate change?

    Panel 3:  Adaptation Through Behavior Change and Action

    June 9, 5pm ET; June 10, 9am NZ

    Adaptation Through Behavior Change and Action investigates design strategies that support or challenge human behavior and elevates individuals and communities that witness, are impacted by, and directly respond to climate change. We will explore the following questions: How can the design of the built environment contribute to, support, and/or challenge changing human behaviors, values, and processes for working together as a means of adapting to the impacts of climate change? How can innovative design and practice processes, including co-design and participatory design for climate change adaptation, make design more effective as an agent of advocacy and positive change? How can architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design tangibly demonstrate and contribute to climate change activism? 

    The International Union of Architects welcomes paper submissions on these topics to present at the World Congress in Copenhagen on July 2-6, 2023. Please see more information on paper submissions here, and read more about the Design for Climate Adaptation track here.

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