Current Research: Regenerating Urban Areas through Climate Sensitive Urban Design


Urban areas are among the most vulnerable sites to be affected by global warming. Research on the relationship between cities and climate change is now on the rise. Climate Sensitive Urban Design (CSUD) was coined with the awareness that city design must bring improvements to the urban environment besides spatial, functional and aesthetic benefits. CSUD is a response to the raising awareness that to tackle climate change issues at the local level and further improve the urban resilience is the main priority. On the other hand, Urban Regeneration (UR) projects have a demonstrated potential to bring a significant contribution to the society, economy and environment of degraded urban areas. At present, there are limited Urban Regeneration efforts directed towards the possible contribution to climate change adaptation. Planners, architects, and urban designers still need to fully understand the opportunity provided by the Urban Regeneration process to implement the CSUD strategies. We argue that approaching Urban Regeneration with a climate sensitive design strategy adapting to environmental change will bring to better-integrated solutions. This research aims to explore the possible joint effects determined by the simultaneous application of Climate Sensitive Urban Design to an Urban Regeneration program with the aim to build urban resilience. In addition, consideration will be given to Urban Regeneration projects that specifically addressed actions and measures to mitigate and adapt to the climate change impacts. We reviewed projects that have considered some element of Climate Sensitive Urban Design (CSUD) and how they were applied to regenerate and improve the resilience of the urban areas to contrast the adverse impacts of climate change.

Keywords: Urban Regeneration, Climate Sensitive Urban Design, Urban Resilience, Urban Design, Urban Landscape Design, Ecological Urban Design


Dr Elisa Palazzo1, Dr Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani1,2
1School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
2UTM Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 54100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


*Presented at ICABE 2016


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