DATES: 18.10.21 and 19.10.21 TIME: 12pm—4PM UTC WHERE: online (zoom)
Mass housing and climate change:
challenges and solutions
More or less similar mass housing has been erected everywhere in the 20th century
Up to 80% of cities' fabric worldwide is residential. This fabric not only provides dwellings for millions of citizens, it also defines the quality of the urban environment as a whole — social comfort, microclimate, visual diversity and opportunities for local businesses to grow. A significant share of these residential units has been produced after the Second World War, when urban population tripled in only 50 years' time. There was no time to think of tailored solutions for each neighborhood, and industrial construction technologies played a key role in answering the increasing demand. This legacy of modernist mass housing districts can be found on all continents, in cities as different as Seoul, Paris, Moscow, Leipzig, Tashkent, Tokyo, Beijing, Cairo, Casablanca or São Paulo.
Climate change, among others, has made this mass housing obsolete today
Their design and planning led to many unmatched expectations for the quality of life of their residents, and they are in need of adaptation in the context of climate change. The stock of mass housing is so huge that it cannot be replaced in the foreseeable future for ecological, economic and social reasons; and it keeps on growing today. Mass housing units should be considered an opportunity for developers, architects and planners, as good solutions bear the potential to be reproduced worldwide. Their modernization could have a significant impact in the fight against climate change.
Since so many share the same problems, we believe that solutions to regenerate mass housing should be designed in a collaborative way
The 2-day workshop is an opportunity for students and professionals from different backgrounds (architecture, engineering, urban planning, ecology, economics, humanities) to participate in the launch of this international initiative to modernize mass housing. The results of the workshop will be presented during a public event online on October 20th, together with presentations from international experts. The results of this event will be further presented online at the COP-26 on November 10th.
SHORT DEscription of the workshop
The workshop will take place online on 18 and 19 October 2021 at 12pm UTC. It will last approximately 4 hours per day.
The workshop will start with a theoretical introduction on mass housing and practical guidelines on the work expected. The participants will be divided into four different rooms, corresponding to the four main climate types where mass housing is effectively located (temperate, cold, hot and tropical climates).
Participants will receive a brief containing: information on the precise climatic conditions of each case study as well as scenarios for climate change towards 2100. Participants will work collectively in each of the four online rooms, with the help of both an expert and a tutor. A representative of each group will have the opportunity to present their results at the public conference held on October 20th.
Experts for the workshop
project director at Strelka KB
Architect and urban designer from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Her work focuses on mass housing and strategic guidelines for planning.
director of the centre for urban ecology at Strelka KB
Architect and urban designer from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. His work focuses on designing a more sustainable and resilient urban environment.
head of urban governance at Strelka KB
Geographer and urban planner from Paris, France. His work focuses on city finances, governance and international partnerships.
advisor at ISOCARP INSTITUTE
Architect and urban designer from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her work focuses on public space design and the development of tools for civic engagement in urban planning.
tutors for the workshop
Tutors from the Young Professional Program of the ISOCARP INSTITUTE.