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13. Flooding and Water Management: How do we Build Resilience into our Cities?


Consider how parks play a vital role as climate-resilient green spaces as buffers against the annual tempests. This session also stresses the immediacy of breaking from business-as-usual and the need to reconcile with nature, whilst showcasing engineered approaches to embedding biodiversity and climate resilience from roof to road.


13a. Porous landscape and the water resilient city – Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Landprocess

Creating urban spaces that allow for the free flow and penetration of water and wind is essential to the survival of water-based cities like Bangkok. This session explores the concept of ‘landscape porosity’, which can help us better understand – and defend – these urban ecosystems in the context of climate change.


13b. Amplifying the alarm: resilience, water and action – Scott McAuley, Anthropocene Architecture School

An amplification and reminder of the climate and ecological emergency siren that has been screaming for over half a century, and a call to immediate, radical action from the Anthropocene Architecture School. Responding to the climate crisis requires a revaluation of our interventions in ecosystems, recognising systems’ places in hierarchies and the variety of scales; a recognition of the impact of climate breakdown upon previously established natural cycles – this time using water as example; ways in which we can build resilience in our built environment; and an understanding of the magnitude of the climate and ecological emergency. Using water as a vehicle, this session stresses the immediacy of breaking from business-as-usual, responding to the climate crisis like it truly is a crisis and of the need to reconcile with nature, instead of continuing to work against it.


13c. Bridging the gap between landscape and engineering to deliver climate resilience – Charlotte Markey, Polypipe

This session will showcase engineered approaches to embedding biodiversity and climate resilience from roof to road to create smart networks of interventions. The session highlights the methods by which landscape can play a pivotal role in circular economy principles and relative efficiency which are sometimes seen as separate to the way in which green and blue infrastructure is designed into a scheme.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom & Scott McAuley & Charlotte Markey

Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Landprocess

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a Thai landscape architect who specialises in building productive green public space which tackles climate change in dense urban areas and climate- vulnerable communities. Voraakhom is featured in the 2019 TIME 100 Next list as one of 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of the world. She is a chairwoman of the Landscape Without Borders working group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, Asia Pacific Region (IFLA APR). She is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Climate Fellow and Atlantic Fellow. Voraakhom received her master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.


Scott McAuley, Anthropocene Architecture School

Scott McAuley is a Glaswegian architectural designer and climate justice activist. He coordinates the Anthropocene Architecture School – an internationally recognised platform activating educational responses to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. The School has catalysed 27 AAS workshops for architects and students, engaging over 1700 people through activities including climate literacy workshops, the Crisis Studio project, guest lecturing for the Architectural Association and a climate literacy session delivered to the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Scott sits on the Glasgow Institute of Architects Sustainability Committee, the RIAS Sustainability and Climate Change Working Group, and is a long-term creative contributor to Extinction Rebellion Glasgow and Scotland.


Charlotte Markey, Polypipe

Charlotte Markey is a qualified urban planner with extensive experience in the integration of green infrastructure and SUDs into constrained and hard landscape environments.

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