AMS Science for the City #3 – Climate Proof Cities

How can urban design help to create thermally comfortable cities?

Climate change impacts urban life all over the world. Also in the city of Amsterdam, where the (hopefully soon) hot summer days make the urban mercury rise 6-9 C higher than in its rural surroundings. As a result, its citizens face not only discomforts but also problematic living conditions. What – and who – do we need to improve the climate of the cities we live in? According to climate responsive design specialist Sanda Lenzholzer (PI AMS), the answer lies within the field of urban design; and with you, citizens. That’s why Sanda Lenzholzer, Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch (TU Delft) and others challenge the audience during this AMS event to be part of the solution. How can you help to design a climate-proof city?

Sanda Lenzholzer has a PhD in urban climate responsive design. In her urban design teaching, she focusses on urban design in the interface with landscape architecture and climate responsive design. Sanda is one of the leading academics in the development of the CLIMADAPTOOL: a data system and smartphone app, which shows people what the actual local urban climate is in their direct living environment and what they can do to improve it. She is also working on the Realcool project: Really Cooling Water Bodies in Cities. As an educated landscape architect and urban designer, she has worked in design practices for several years before going into academia. She is also one of the principal investigators of the AMS Institute.

Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch is a postdoctoral researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology and co-founder and owner of Designlab 2902, a design and consulting firm for climate, comfort and sustainable development in the built environment. She specialises in the design of the urban microclimate on the scale levels of the street, neighbourhood and city. Currently she is working on a research project concerning the Van Leeuwenhoekpark in Delft. The project focusses at climate adaptation in general and the minimization of heat stress in particular.

Together with Pakhuis de Zwijger we organise a series on metropolitan development and innovation. How can big data, prototyping, 3D-printing and scientific innovation help to solve the complex challenges that the metropole Amsterdam faces? Upcoming and established (inter)national urban professionals from AMS and our academic partners will introduce us to the newest research and practical solutions within urban themes as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility.

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