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Architecture and Adaptation

There is no doubt about climate change, or that it is the greatest challenge facing humanity. All ecosystems, natural and anthropic, are under enormous pressure, besieged by emergencies and provoking a long list of disastrous economic, social, health and, of course, environmental repercussions. 

Adaptation and resilience are vital for all climate change affected ecosystems. We must ensure that our cities can sustain human activities despite the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events. As the minimum unit of intervention, the community must acquire a capacity for transformation, fluidity and adaptation, redesigning not just how our cities are built but how spaces between cities are structured.


Nicola Leonardi
Co-founder & Managing Editor THE PLAN

Introduction - Architecture
Prof. Alessandro Melis
Curator of the Italian Pavilion

Introduction - Climate
Prof. Roberto Buizza
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Dr. Alyssa Gilbert
Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London (UK);
Topic: Reaching Net-Zero Emissions

Prof. Winka Dubbeldam
Founder of ArchiTectonics and Architecture Chair, University of Pennsylvania;
Topic: Climate Change Adaptation though Architecture Design

Prof. Maria Perbellini
Dean, New York Institute of Technology;
Topic: Adapting to the Changing Climate: Knowledge Innovation for Environmental Design