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Climate Adaptive and Resilient City session
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4 November 2020
The built environment exerts great pressure on natural resources. Its role in the transition to a circular economy (CE) iscritical and water with all her facets, plays an important role. During these sessions, three Dutch speakers will show you how the transition to a more resilient city creates new opportunities for living.
All over the world, the impact and consequences of climate change stresses countries, cities and communities. In time, these enduring effects eventually will result in a severe shock. The magnitude of our changing climate on our everyday life, our economies and our people urge revolutionary transitions in our built environment.
Circular Economy and Water
The Dutch government and cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam have committed to become fully circular by the year 2050, by reducing the use of virgin materials by 50% in 2030. A circular city is a resilient, healthy and competitive city; able to provide for all the societal needs of its citizens within the natural boundaries of the Earth. Core elements of circularity are embedded within each key urban system; from water, to housing and infrastructure, to food and nutrition. Much like in a circular economy, in a circular city, resources are kept at their highest potential for as long as possible, through sharing, reusing, repairing, remanufacturing and recycling. Within this complexity, water with all her facets, plays an important role. On the one hand the cornerstone of a thriving economy, on the other hand an increasing threat. Sharing insights and innovations on ‘Living with Water’ contributes countries and cities around the world to become more resilient. Evolving from concrete coastal protection towards building with nature, proactive water governance, stakeholder participation, integrated river management and finding ecosystem-based solutions.
During this session, various Dutch speakers will share how the City of Rotterdam involves all parties and stakeholders to co- create a Climate Adaptive and Resilient City. In addition, the speakers will demonstrate how the multi stakeholder approach led to a sustainable and resilient project in another Dutch city, Amsterdam. The project demonstrates how building on water can be completely footloose, reversible and with very little impact on nature, especially when combined with smart energy and water-sanitation system. Finally, to give the audience a real-life nearby example, the architect of the Dutch pavilion for EXPO2020 will elaborate why this biotope, where we unite water, energy and food through innovation, is the perfect blueprint for future circular buildings.
Join the Dutch panel Discussion, Circular Economy & Water (Nov 4th 1:30pm UAE time -3 EU), via the link below.
Arnoud Molenaar, City of Rotterdam
Tjeerd Haccou , Space and Matter
David Spierings , V8 Architects