ON ARCHITECTURE 2017
#KeynoteTalks 15 September 2017
Many cities face adverse urban climate effects. Measures to counteract urban climate challenges often consist of small-scale interventions that add up, but they also consist of larger scale urban planning strategies. So, different groups of people have to implement spatial adaptation interventions in the urban fabric. House owners can implement small scale interventions around their properties and designers of public spaces can implement small scale solutions in public spaces. Urban planners can implement measures on the large scale of city planning. For optimal achievements, all these groups have to take adaptation actions and need to know what to do in which places.
To inspire and facilitate such concrete adaptation actions and to make information easily accessible for all, we developed the Urban ClimaAdApp. The prototype of this smartphone app was made for the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands). This app shows high resolution urban climate maps, indicating urban climate problems and potentials for its improvement. The urban climate map was created with a an automated generation of urban climate classifications (local climate zone system) and a desk study on wind issues (danger spots and ventilation potentials). Additionally, the Urban ClimaAdApp provides place specific adaptation recommendations based on the degree of urgency to take action (e.g. implementing urban greening, providing wind shelter, etc.). The recommended interventions are illustrated with photographs and according to their efficacy, relative costs and maintenance. The first prototype of the Urban ClimaAdApp was launched last year and we can now reflect on the prototype’s advantages and disadvantages.