using design methods to adapt cities to climate change

and human needs 

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»urban:eden is an extremely well-conceived and complex work. The concept combines extensive systems, among others for the filtering and processing of air and rainwater, with a variety of urban infrastructure measures. The development of integrated strategies for reducing the burden on the urban environment will have a considerable influence on future urban planning concepts.«

Prof. em. Günter Horntrich

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climate change in cities

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+8 degree

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70.000

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300 mio. € 

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30-40 times

Cities are hotter than their surrounding area due to the high degree of soil sealing and the resulting urban heat island effect. This is intensified in the wake of climate change.

...people died in Europe from the consequences of the Heatwave in 2003: Especially at night, cities do not cool down and thus pose a health threat. 

...the German insurers paid in 2018 for damages caused by storms and floods.

...a year the Berlin combined sewerage system flows over into the urban rivers during heavy rainfall causing massive fish mortality and water pollution.

solutions in a system

 
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“The refuelling of the civic imagination with regard to urban spaces and their potentials often begins with proposing the seemingly impossible, but presents this as a concrete spatial utopia that can be realised and can manifest itself in the city.” 

Francesca Ferguson, editor of „Make_shift city“ 

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integrative design concepts in the field of urban climate adaptation. 

The modern city needs a holistic planning approach, in which different measures in the field of infrastructure are rethought conceptually, operationally and economically.

Design methods promote new interdisciplinary approaches and are used at urban:eden in particular for the modernization of previously dysfunctional and separately planned infrastructures in public spaces. The focus is on the holistic combination of climate adaptation measures, the challenges of city growth and the quality of urban life.

 
 

methods

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design research

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Looking into best practice design and innovations in material, product and infrastructure to uncover the best solutions and new opportunities for combined infrastructures. 

Looking into best practice design and innovations in material, product and infrastructure to uncover the best solutions and new opportunities for combined infrastructures. 

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field & user observation

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Through on-sight visits, interviews and direct anthropological observation

I aim to understand behavioural patterns and gain insights to the needs of a liveable city.

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mapping

& analysis

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Mapping urban data, such as environmental justice, area conflicts, user needs and insights visualizes spacial contexts. This is the basis to analyze insights and uncover hidden opportunities. 

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Input & 

knowledge 

transfer

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Conveying the necessary understanding of the city as an ecosystem. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of climate change in growing cities.  

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co-creation 

workshops

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To ensure a holistic planning approach the local inhabitants, decision-makers and experts are involved to jointly design their future spaces.

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concept &

visualization

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Building on the learnings and insights, concepts and systems are developed and communicated in a visual way, from infographics, to animations and renderings.