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Buildings climate change adaptation

Climate Change is upon us!

We have compiled examples of projects in which adaptation to climate change has been the main driver.

This includes projects in which the UN development goals are an intrinsic part of developing the projects.

Urban Climadapp

The Climadapp tool development is stimulated by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Studies (AMS), which is a smartphone app and a data system to create awareness and introduce interventions about urban climate change.

The Climadapp tool consists of an urban climate map incorporating wind nuisance zones and urban heat classes.

The user can get an overview of the local measures by pinpointing his location like possible design interventions, to minimize heat, flooding, etc.

This app allows for buildings climate change adaptation to get to the next level. 


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UN17 Village

The UN17 Village comes with a design that promotes sustainable living. This village is sustainable in operational, social, environmental, and bio-diverse aspects.

Upcycled waste materials are used in its construction and the solar panels on the rooftop make the house self-sufficient.

According to Anders Lendager, the founder and CEO of the Lendager Group, all aspects – materials used, quality of life, and the health of the building are considered. All 169 milestones from the Sustainable Development Goals are brought to focus by developing this scale-able process.

By not compromising on aesthetics, price, or quality, the UN17 village shows how waste is looked at as a resource and that growth and sustainability can be made to complement each other. This is another great example of buildings climate change adaptation to climate change.


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MALMØ 2030

Malmö’s Norra Bunkeflo area can turn into a sustainable model that can be used to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A green corridor at the center connects the natural spaces of Bunkeflostrand thereby allowing for green mobility, recreational spaces, and urban biotopes.

Access to the green space is available to all housing units in the area.

There are three thematic approaches described to the SDG goals.


To address the problem of urban expansion and densification along with the consequences of climate change, the plan is formulated in such a way that the buildings are secured for a sea-level rise of up to 3 meters and surface solutions allow for the collection of rainwater.

The east to the west green corridor will keep the rainwater in the terrain lowlands thereby ensuring flood and building infrastructure.

The focus also lies on the optimization of resources like daylight and wind in addition to the collection of rainwater and access to green environments.


Five new common areas are to be developed in the central green area after a dialogue with the new and old residents of the area where generational gardens, green transition cafes, learning rooms, eco-communities, etc can be made.


The Norra Bunkeflostrand construction uses upcycling and wood construction. CO2 emission is halved by using wood construction when compared to conventional concrete construction.

Source: tredjenatur


Blue Current DC – CallisonRTKL​

By using protective levees encircling the low-lying western end of the National Mall right up to the Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument and southward surround the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin.

The levees would be used to encircle the pipings used for stormwater management and it will also serve as the base for a 4.5-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop trail. These trails would be placed around the monuments so that they are accessible even during high water levels.

During floods, terraced wetlands at the edges of the river would provide protection.

During storm surges, bioswales and berms providing varied topography would act as a space between the Potomac River and the monuments.

Source: architectmagazine


China’s ‘Sponge Cities’

China’s ‘Sponge city’ uses green infrastructure and permeable surfaces.

This initiative has been launched in 16 cities in 2015.

The objective of China’s ‘Sponge city initiative’ is that the rainwater absorption capacity is enhanced and distributed more evenly across the targeted areas such that the intensity of rainwater runoff is reduced.

China’s ‘Sponge city initiative’ is similar to the low-impact development(LID) concept of North America.

Rooftops with plants, permeable pavements that are capable of storing excess runoff water, rainwater storage wetlands, etc are some of the features available in the planned city Lingang in Pudong district, Shanghai.

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Black Meadow

The site Black Meadow gives an opportunity to come up with an urban park that allows for the combination of greenery and urban substance.

In order to establish a free pathway to the park, a good idea would be to cut out the traffic in the road along the river and re-route it along the historic center edge.

To mark a distinction between the new urban park and the density of the old, and to reinforce the old city’s edge, the opportunity to insert extra houses, shops, etc exists.

There would be no heavy clustering of the buildings.

Perpendicular parking on a single side with a modest impact is preferred.

The proposed strategy is to leave out the buildings that are out of scale and retain the ones that are good and not touch as many of the trees.

Mini towers containing residential units, student housing, etc could be inserted with panoramic views from one apartment per floor.

Concert building: A ‘bird nest’ auditorium with interesting views and acoustics where the audience also forms an important aspect of the spectacle.

Modern music building: Enveloping the concert hall, small rehearsal studios can be inserted that would be accessible behind the glass facade from an interior street.

Waldorf Kindergarten: A birdcage could be introduced with birds becoming a component of the nursery.

Waldorf Elementary School: School gardens can be placed on top of the single-story building.

And many more components like a multipurpose hall, sports building, creative incubator, pool, etc.


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Singelpark Leiden

Leiden, a Dutch city, wishes to incorporate an urban park concept – the Singelpark along the former military fortifications.

The green spaces would form a band for more than six kilometers in length.

Both sides of the canal could be transformed into horticultural strips.

Cosmopolitan seed and plant mixes would be created along the canal with the help of Hortus Botanicus.

Sixteen park spaces, interlinked to the waterline, with various characters, are defined where actors and local groups can be involved in the programming and maintenance of the space.

Source: dutchwaterdesign


Dwarka – Delhi, India

Recharging groundwater, implementing water design into landscape design, increased water holding capacity, treating wastewater, etc are all aspects of the design.

Slow traffic and space for pedestrians are two other factors considered for the new road system.

To conserve space for water management, roads are narrowed down.

Source: dutchwaterdesign

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Argemiro Rivera, <b>BEng(Hons) MSC CEng MICE MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv</b>
Argemiro Rivera, BEng(Hons) MSC CEng MICE MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv

Passion for Water, Flood Risk & Sustainability
I love to dig into complex flood risk and water engineering projects and deliver them. I focus on delivering reliable flood risk information to protect livelihoods and the environment.

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