Climate Responsive Urbanism

Location: 
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St., London EC1M 6EJ
Date: 
Thu, 09/01/2020 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

 

HOW CAN PROFESSIONALS MEET THE CHALLENGE OF URBAN DENSIFICATION IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

Climate change and the impact on urban climates and air quality is now regarded as a crisis. 

Environmental threat  Killer heat waves and periods of illegal air quality are becoming ever more commonplace. Evidence on the health impacts of concentrations of air pollution mounts by the week. One third of planning authorities are in breach of their statutory duty to have policies in their local plans to contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, and are under threat of legal action.

Urban densification  The need to provide housing for an increasing population, with tall buildings, and super dense residential development, raises many issues ranging from pollution-trapping canyon streets, the suppression of the flow of air across a city by ill-advised built form, the need for through-ventilation in flats, and the role of trees and landscape.   

An opportunity for professionals  There is both a need and an opportunity for professionals in the built environment to work together with researchers to solve the problems, and to provide up-to-date advice to developers and landowners on the design and management of the built environment as an interdisciplinary system, rather than as a set of separate uncoordinated components.

A series of six events during 2020 will address this challenge, run by The Edge in partnership with various stakeholders including:

  The Greater London Authority The City of London Corporation
  London Climate Change Partnership    ARUP
  Urban Design Group  Academy of Urbanism

 The events will bring together leading practitioners and academics.       

 

CLIMATE RESPONSIVE URBANISM

Opening Event

Urban Design Group

Cowcross Street

9 January

1.30-5.00 pm

 
 

DENSITY

TBC

March

evening

 
 

ACCOUNTABILITY

ARUP

April

evening

 
 

EFFICIENCY

City of London Corporation

Late May

evening

 
 

GOVERNANCE

City Hall

Early July

evening

 
 

CO-PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Development of a position paper

TBC

September

afternoon

 

An additional event MANAGING CLIMATE IN CITIES will be run with Glasgow Caledonian University (at their London Fashion Street campus) early spring 2020.

 

CLIMATE RESPONSIVE URBANISM - OPENING EVENT

ConvenorRichard Lorch the EDGE

Host : Robert Huxford Urban Design Group

Chair : Rohinton Emmanuel GCU

PART 1
14:00 Introduction : Richard Lorch Editor in Chief, Buildings & Cities
14:10 Climate Responsive Urbanism - Overview : Professor Gerald Mills University of Dublin
14:30 Resilience in the Design Process : Asif Din Perkins and Will
14:45 Urban Climate Adaptation and Mitigation : Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou University of Kent
15:00 Health and wellbeing : Rachel Toms Public Health England
15:15 Environmental & Social justice : Nicola Bacon  Social-Life
15:30 Coffee Break
 
PART 2
15:45 Discussion of key questions with panel members
16:15 An agenda for research, policy and practice
17:00 Summary
17:10 Networking
17:50 Head to the Pub – The Hope, Smithfield

 

   PRESENTATIONS

ABOUT THE CLIMATE RESONSIVE URBANISM EVENT SERIES

The series explores the consequences of current practices in building, urban design, planning, regulation and policy on critical urban infrastructure. These events discuss how we can harness the often overlooked interactions of built form (the dimensions of buildings and their placement in relation to each other), urban climate and energy both in its natural expression (temperature/wind/sunshine) and those of building needs (cooling/heating loads), whilst addressing our collective responsibilities in this time of climate emergency to create zero carbon, healthy and resilient cities. 

The intent of this series is to integrate existing knowledge across disciplines, identify gaps in current knowledge and practices, and explore solution pathways for policy and better practice.

The first session provides an overview of what we know and what gaps exist, considers what a positive future could be, and raises an agenda of how we might achieve this. This will be followed by three events that examine in detail some of the consequences of our emerging urban morphology. The fifth event will explore the roles that various forms of governance has in shaping our built environment and what changes are needed. The series ends with a co-production workshop where through the academic/practitioner dynamic we have created we will produce a position paper to disseminate our findings to the wider built environment industry. 

In addition, whilst the importance of the urban climate and climate resilience will be threaded through the series, we will be running a daylong masterclass on urban climates where we will demonstrate their mitigating potential as part of the Critical Urban Infrastructure framework*.

Together this series offers a unique opportunity to explore what is needed to generate climate responsive urbanism. The activities go beyond traditional methodologies of disseminating interdisciplinary research. This will be achieved by bringing together some of the UK’s leading building and urban scientists, practitioners and policy makers in a focused exchange of ideas around built form climate-driven challenges facing all cities.

*the Critical Urban Infrastructure framework is an overarching approach towards climate responsive urbanism that recognises that the components of urban systems are both highly integrated and interdependent.  Whereas the traditional approach to the design, use, and environmental management of our cities focuses on green, blue and grey infrastructure, often in isolation, the critical approach accounts for the interdependencies between built form and function (e.g. the dimensions of individual buildings, their occupation patterns and urban layout), outdoor and indoor climates, energy demands and waste generation, etc. Critical infrastructure also includes the urban commons and the use, preservation and access to our collective shared resources (e.g. daylight, ventilation, air quality, etc), to create comfortable healthy environments and encourage more sustainable urban practices.

About The Edge

The Edge is a campaigning built-environment think tank and is multi-disciplinary in a landscape that is remarkable for the high number of single-discipline institutions it contains.

For further information

www.edgedebate.com