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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S27.066

CLIMATE CHANGE AND POPULATION MOBILITY - ENVISIONING INFRASTRUCTURE TO REDUCE DISASTER’S IMPACT ON CITIES

K. Januszkiewicz, M. Switon
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-13-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 62, 519-526 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S27.066

ABSTRACT

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. The increasing impact of natural disasters over recent decades has been well documented. This paper explores the possibilities of architectural design to benefit human condition, which encompasses physical environment of a safe life during the climate change era and predicted disasters. The first part deals with the problem of natural disasters and hazards during the climate change era and as a results human beings reacting to them. The second part presents, among others, results of the research program undertaken at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin by the authors. The program is focused on the adaptive built environments and envisioning new solutions based on advanced digital technology. Presented design contains a systemic solution to the problem of disaster security in high-urbanized areas. This is a proposal of active infrastructure to reduce disaster’s impact to cities through using personal flying evacuation equipment and a safe landing site for them. The conclusion emphasizes that the structural engineering and architectural design mean directing attention to the solutions. This design task can only be tackled by means of an integrated approach to design, i.e. interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, structure, material and environmental engineers. This study highlights a social problem, such as a rapid evacuation from areas in which a community experiences damage and disruption and it serves as a useful background for further research on the possibilities of redefining sustainable and human friendly design.

Keywords: climate change, disaster, urbanised area, architecture, evacuation system, parametric design, environment