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Workshop (hybrid form): 'Climate adaptation within the context of integral urban design and development'

The city of Amsterdam is facing various urgent, big, and complex challenges. The effects of climate change (extreme weather, sea level rise, and a degradation in biodiversity) become more and more tangible. At the same time, the city's resilience and livability are compromised due to the increasing pressure on public space, increased inequality among its inhabitants, and the urgency of city expansion and -densification. Creating a future-proof city, tackling all of these challenges at once, requires a transition towards an innovative, integral urban design and development approach as well as a different handling of our urban environment. Spatial urban design and (re-)development projects, from the scale of individual buildings up to neighborhoods or the city as a whole, offer the possibility to shape the city of tomorrow. It is therefore that urban design and development should be considered from an integral point of view.

This integral approach, moreover, offers the needed synergy to realize particular urban transition challenges that – from an individual point of view – are difficult, considering money, time, and timing, to establish. A climate resilient urban design, for example, should, first of all, not only provide solutions to the challenge of extreme weather and sea level rise. It, secondly, should also enhance local livability. But, thirdly, it cannot compromise mobility. All of this, fourthly, needs to find place in a heavily used urban environment where competition for space (above- and underground) is high.

While, fifthly, it is a change to engage local citizens with the (re-)design and the care for their local environment. Using an Amsterdam-oriented case, and 'the need for climate adaptation' as a starting point, we would like to invite participants to join this hands-on workshop to: • Map the challenges and opportunities regarding climate adaptation within the context of integral urban design and development;

Identify the conditions and chances for urban transferability and scalability of integral design solutions;
Gather practical experiences, success-stories, failures, dos and don'ts;
Define the need for further development, exchange, and transition-to-practice (piloting) of theoretical- and practice-oriented knowhow;

The invited audience consist of city officials, public organizations, and scientists. In the aftermath of this session we would like to explore the opportunity to bring this topic further into practice (e.g. through collective submission of a case/proposal to an NWO, SIA or HORIZON call for action).
Period16 Feb 2022
Event typeConference
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational