19-10-2021

Architecture and Adaptation - Resilient Communities Biennale di Venezia

Alessandro Melis, Winka Dubbeldam,

Venice, Italy,

Adaptation and resilience: the keywords to tackle climate change. One of the most important challenges we face today is redesigning the structure of cities and of the spaces between cities, to make them resilient and find new balance after the occurrence of unforeseen or catastrophic events. It is precisely this issue that will be discussed today, October 19, at the second webinar promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group, within the Resilient Community - Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia, and organised by The Plan magazine.



Architecture and Adaptation - Resilient Communities Biennale di Venezia

The second appointment of the series of webinars promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group, as part of the Resilient Communities - Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia, and focused on the issues to be addressed at COP26, the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, to be held from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow. Organised by The Plan magazine, the "Architecture and Adaptation" webinar will be streamed live today October 19, from 4 pm to 6 pm, on the dedicated platform. The recent pandemic that has disrupted the world over the last two years and, with it, some extreme climatic events, have given us concrete proof of just how much our natural and man-made ecosystem – the city – is subjected to tremendous pressure and the disastrous effects that can follow. In view of the fact that climate change is a certainty and that it is the greatest challenge that humanity must face, it therefore follows that adaptation and resilience are the essential features that cities must possess in order to support human activities even when faced with an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme events. Resilience, applied to a group or to a social context, is in fact the ability to find a new balance after catastrophic events.

Aspects that are also the central and fundamental themes of the exhibition itinerary presented by the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia, "Resilient Communities". The title of the pavilion, in fact, refers to what has been identified as the minimum unit of intervention: "the community". And it is precisely the community – understood both as a physical place and as a cohesive social group – that must acquire the necessary transformation, fluidity and adaptation skills to redesign the structure of our cities, as well as of the spaces between them. The very issues that will be explored by guests of the webinar entitled "Architecture and Adaptation". Two specific webinars will, instead, be dedicated to the resilience of medium-sized cities, through urban regeneration experiences. The two events, also promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group, through the Fiandre Architectural Surfaces brand and coordinated by Alessandro Melis, Paola di Nardo and Alessandro Spennato will be held on November 10 and 17.

Following the formula already successfully tested in the first appointment, the introduction and the framing, from an architectural point of view, of the theme of the meeting – namely "Architecture and Adaptation" – will be explored and developed by architect Alessandro Melis, curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia. Professor Roberto Buizza, physicist/mathematician at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa, will then follow, focusing on the aspects related to environmental problems and climatic emergencies. Moderated by Nicola Leonardi from The Plan magazine, the webinar will continue with the discussions with panelists Alyssa Gilbert, who will speak about achieving zero emissions with particular regard to the field of architecture, Winka Dubbeldam from the ArchiTectonics studio, who will explore how to adapt to change through architecture design, and finally Maria Perbellini, who will look at innovations in environmental design to adapt to the changing climate.< br />
(Agnese Bifulco)

Architecture and Adaptation - October 19 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For information and registration
Chair: 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

Panelists
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 through Architecture Design

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

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