Climatic Urbanism. From City Climates to Climate Cities. Simposio ISUP

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Accademia di architettura

Data d'inizio: 10 Novembre 2022

Data di fine: 11 Novembre 2022

Accademia di architettura, Palazzo Canavée



Climatic Urbanism
From City Climates to Climate Cities

Simposio dell'Istituto di Studi Urbani e del Paesaggio ISUP, organizzato da Jonathan Sergison, Sascha Roesler, Frédéric Bonnet e João Nunes con il supporto di Mosé Cometta ed Enrico Sassi. 

10-11 novembre 2022

Accademia di architettura USI

The challenges posed by global warming to the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are unprecedented. Being responsible for “one-third of global final energy consumption,” the construction sector is also one of the primary causes of “total direct and indirect CO2 emissions” (“nearly 40%”) and as such, is one of the key drivers of climate change (International Energy Agency, 2021). The transformation of ecosystems and rising temperatures will lead to the comprehensive and continuous adaptation of the built environment. The political goal of net-zero emissions will have to be transferred not least by the planning disciplines into reality.


In the twenty-first century, cities are not only main contributors to climate change; they are also particularly affected by global warming. Cities will have to adapt by creating new infrastructures, decarbonizing material cultures and introducing new forms of climate control. In Swiss cities for example, ever warmer summers are leading to the increased use of air conditioning during the summer months where two decades ago such mechanical cooling was virtually inexistent. Energy transition and climate adaptation should be conceived as one and the same process: cities are not easily governable entities but they are “the communities, spaces and political arenas through which change is invented, implemented, enacted and experienced in always specific and different ways” (Rutherford and Coutard 2014).


The symposium sheds light on the growing capacities of societies to provide climatic data (via thermal measurements, simulation techniques etc.), while highlighting evidence-based design strategies referring to urban climates. Each presenter foregrounds one specific city. Based on urban design projects and empirical case studies from cities around the world, the future practice of climate adaptation shall be discussed. The objective is to assess the different scales of urban climate adaptation and their cultural, political and economic contexts.

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