Integrating Climate Resilience into Buildings and the Public Realm

A talk by Rob Adams, Seth Holmes and Nick Iselin
Halvorson, University of Hartford, Department of Architecture and Lendlease Corp

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About this talk

With the impacts of climate change being felt more broadly, cities and towns across the Northeast are seeking ways to address the urban heat island effect, reduce high indoor temperatures, and protect vulnerable communities from increased flooding and storm surges.

Heat wave events disproportionately affect elderly, minority, and low-income residents. Additionally, contextual risk factors—such as living in homes without air-conditioning or neighborhoods with higher urban heat island effects—contribute to heat-related morbidity and mortality.

This presentation will examine the use of performance modeling data to evaluate thermal passive survivability at the building level as well as a method for linking performance models with GIS and building datasets to create an urban building energy model (UBEM) that will enable designers and policymakers to evaluate climate vulnerability more holistically based on building, socio-economic, and urban infrastructure variables.

Through case studies—including Clippership Wharf, a dramatic re-envisioning of a former brownfield site to create a waterfront destination open to all—we will demonstrate how landscape architecture can work with engineered systems to protect and enhance communities to create a vibrant, thriving public realm. Nick Iselin of Lendlease will discuss how resiliency and social impact informed the design and development of Clippership Wharf.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand methods and tools for building-level and urban-level resilience modeling and analysis.

  2. Learn how data can be leveraged to evaluate resilient metrics such as overheating and/or urban climate vulnerability.

  3. Recognize strategies for coastal resilience and explore opportunities to enhance the public landscape.

  4. Explore methods for engaging stakeholders in a community-driven process.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)