How will new approaches to design and planning mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to its already inevitable impacts? Based on the philosophy that looks beyond the silos of traditional design practice, to make the connections between architecture, planning, landscape, ecology and engineering, this book, is edited by global design and engineering company AECOM and Professor Peter Droege – widely acknowledged expert in the field of renewable and sustainable design – and focuses on radical solutions. It illustrates how new thinking can convert investments in urban infrastructure, land use and development into resilient and enduring support systems for human and environmental prosperity.
Written for designers, architects, planners, engineers, policy makers and academics, Climate Design explores the current paradigm shift towards sustainability, and includes 22 essays written by designers from around the world. Professor Droege says, “Climate Design brings together powerful new practices and innovative thinking in areas such as urban planning and landscape design, soils and water engineering, energy and transport infrastructure and socioeconomic change. Uninformed design and planning choices contribute to the climate conundrum in direct ways – by perpetuating inefficiency and fossil fuel dependence, and by missing a myriad of choices that could lower destructive levels of resource consumption and help sustain the resilience of planetary ecosystems. Climate Design presents practice and ideas that go beyond sustainability – they address the very question of survivability.”
Climate Design is currently being launched at various AECOM events throughout Australia and is available for purchase through Amazon for US$40.
Also in UDFQ 90: June 2010:
- Space for thought: the role of urban design on the Gallipoli Underpass
- ‘CABE DownUnder’ update
- Australia Award for Urban Design update
- Urban design – more than the ordinary and obvious!
- Fourth Australian New Urbanism Congress
- Street elevations – a critical element of the approval process?
- Reflections on ACNU Congress 2010
- Inspired by the conference
- International speakers of great value
- The next conversation
- Subtropical design in South East Queensland - handbook for planners, developers and decision-makers
- Impacts of climate change on infrastructure
- Moving people – solutions for a growing Australia
- Integrated transport?
- Sustainability and urban design
- Urban design: small is beautiful
- Conferences, etc