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CfP: “Production of Climate Responsive Urban Built Environments” (May 22–24, 2019, Istanbul)

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The main concerns and priorities in urban development changed particularly after the late 1980s, when the climate change debate came to the fore of many countries’ political agendas. With the recognition of the severity of the impact of urban development on the natural environment and climate, a search for different approaches, methodologies, and implementation tools began. These quests introduced the idea of producing comfortable living spaces while consuming minimum energy in order to reduce the negative effects of built environments (i.e., greenhouse gas emissions). No doubt, this type of production calls for a transition from the ongoing urban development system to a more climate responsive one. Considering the challenge of creating a change in ongoing/deep-seated urban development systems, this conference introduces a holistic framework including innovation and alteration in relation to political, technical, and social systems. In this framework, the political dimension mainly refers to decision-making authorities, who are largely politicians responsible for identifying strategies and objectives for taking action against climate change. The political dimension presents one of the greatest challenges to making a change in space production systems due to the variations in political priorities, power relations, and economic conditions. The technical dimension refers to technological advances and design solutions developed principally by engineers, architects, planners, and urban designers. Climate responsive design calls for a certain level of training, technical and climatological knowledge, creativity, and adequate financial support. Political and technical actors should set a collaborative working environment to obtain efficient information and input for their own responsibilities. Along with this mutual mechanism, the integration of the social dimension into this framework is crucial to sustain climate responsiveness in every layer of urban life. The social dimension in this conference refers to individual and social/societal responses to climate change and the internalization capacity/potency of local people to generate adaptive, innovative solutions within their contextual setting. Within this framework, the conference aims at constructing a discussion platform for the ways in which those three dimensions can harmoniously work for creating truly climate responsive urban built environments.

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