Habitat Unit

May 24, 2018 | 6.00 pm | Floating University Berlin, Lilienthalstraße, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg 

Die Nachwachsende Stadt – Climate Adaption

Architects and planners are increasingly confronted with new challenges: Fossil energy resources as well as non-renewable materials are on the decline, the effects of climate change and pollution threaten our living conditions and environment and lead to migratory movements and conflicts worldwide. Global urbanization and construction processes are among the largest greenhouse gas producers. At the same time, our increasingly urbanized societies offer a chance for a radical rethinking of these processes. Only if we succeed in making the global urban transformation sustainable and socially inclusive, we can secure our planetary survival. 

The event-series for architects and planners 'DIE NACHWACHSENDE STADT' is a part of the design studio 'Die Grosse Tranformation' and offers an introductory overview on four topics on transformations towards sustainability - urban systems (May 17, 2018), climate adaptation (May 24, 2018), green economies (May 31, 2018) and governing transformation (June 7, 2018).

Urban Talks #22_Poster

Up until the turn of the 19th century societies built with techniques and resources that could be found locally, in styles that were suited to the local climate. Since then the increasing availability of concrete, steel, plastics and other fossil resource intensive building materials and technologies, has allowed designers to construct buildings no longer constrained by local climatic factors. In a post fossil society, designers will be required to critically consider how to design in harmony with local climatic constraints and eco-systems. What factors need to be considered to enable the development of a post-fossil climate-adaptive architecture?

This event consists of three short input lectures and a joint discussion, bringing together diverse perspectives on climate adaption.

I. Katherine Bell - Everydayinfrastructure
II. Marco Schmidt - Urban Climates
III. Marcela López - Contested Urban Waterscapes

May 24, 2018 | 6 pm

Floating University Berlin
Lilienthalstraße, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg