TECHNE: Special Series Vol. 2
Essays and Viewpoint

Design of urban services as a soft adaptation strategy to cope with climate change

Cinzia Talamo
Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Giancarlo Paganin
Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Nazly Atta
Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Chiara Bernardini
Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Published March 22, 2021
Keywords
  • Climate change,
  • Adaptation strategies,
  • Local adaptation plans,
  • Soft-resilience,
  • Urban services design
How to Cite
Talamo, C., Paganin, G., Atta, N., & Bernardini, C. (2021). Design of urban services as a soft adaptation strategy to cope with climate change. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (2), 87-92. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-10688

Abstract

Climate change is increasingly threatening anthropic systems, which are calibrated on climate parameters that have been mostly stable during the last millennium. Reducing its impact on urban centres is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. This study develops the concept of soft-resilience, the ability of systems to absorb and recover from the impact of disruptive events without fundamental changes in their function or structural characteristics. Starting from this assumption, this paper explores the potential of the urban services field in a perspective of city adaptation to climate change, suggesting that measures based on ICTs applications and information exploitation represent one of the pillars of soft strategies.

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