Public Lecture on ABC Water Design by Herbert Dreiseitl
Most Cities are not prepared to stand storms and extreme weather conditions we are facing at present and even more in the future. With more density and the loss of nature, the intensity of super storms, cloudbursts, the rise in sea-level, countered by heat waves and droughts will increase these challenges. It is a fact that climatic changes are speeding up and the impact on cities and urban regions and industries is getting more stressful we can not deny.
What are the instruments to make our cities more resilient and liveable? What perspectives and solutions do we have, and can we offer today and for future generations? It seems we have to be bolder and invent better environments for industrial sites, for circularity in production, for housing, mobility, and living. A central focus is water and green as most effected elements but also the possible medicine for cities and industrial sites as blue-green infrastructure.
In his presentation Herbert Dreiseitl will not end on a theoretical discourse but will share his practical experience and show proved examples from around the world with cases that work in reality like Potsdamer Platz Berlin, Cloudburst Resilient Copenhagen, ABC Program and Pilot Projects like Bishan Ang-Mo Kio Park, JTC Green Tech Park in Singapore, Tanner Springs in Portland Oregon, Cloudburst Resilient Design for Queens in New York City and others.
In short, there are better solutions available and there is absolutely no time to waste by waiting for the next regulatory frame conditions. But how can Blue/Green resilient Architecture become more mainstream?
Many studies and cases show that open spaces and urban landscapes can contribute to balance extremes but have to be installed as a Blue/Green infrastructure network. But here begins the conflict as a competition of functional space in permanent denser urban areas. It seems we have all technology and knowledge available today, however, there is still a lack of priority. In times of short turn investments and quick return interests, we need a better logic with clear and good arguments to give Blue/Green a chance to be enough and better integrated. Therefore, the common sense and public voices have to be louder and the engagement of people, good governance and politically empowerment with more circular capital investment is crucial. As cities are foremost for people the added values like biophilic effect must be revealed. To win the battle of space and prioritize Landscape in dense cities we need to describe, quantify and argue such topics like value of beauty and public involvement in the debate.
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