Climate & Resilience

The effects of climate change are now clear in every region. Its disruptive impact affects lives, economies, landscapes. Heavy rainfalls and inundations, long periods of drought, rising sea water level are some of most obvious symptoms affecting also our cities. Therefore, cities and villages need to to strengthen their resilience and adaptive capacity to these climate-related challenges and disasters in all countries.

Our research group focusses on the relationship between these environmental challenges and possible urban development measures. More specifically, climate adaptation, design with nature and urban metabolism constitute the key research issues of this research track, together with resilience of rural villages, green-blue networks, coastal defense and food urbanism. 

Researcher(s): Maarten Van Acker, Tom Coppens, Marleen Goethals
Commissioned by: ORG2squared
Period: 2017-2018
Partner(s): Common ground, ARUP, Deltares

AirTech'byDesign: Technology and urban development together against air pollution in narrow streets

AirTech'byDesign: Technology and urban development together against air pollution in narrow streets

The poor air quality in our cities is currently at the centre of public debates on health living conditions and at the pinnacle of innovative urban planning and mobility policies.

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The Antwerp ring road

The Antwerp ring road

The expansion and covering of the R1 Antwerp ring road is Flanders largest infrastructure project of next decade. Prof. Maarten Van Acker is part of the task force (Intendantenteam Overkapping), dedicated to organize the planning and elaboration of the environmental and spatial integration of this project. 

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Climate-proof through design

Climate-proof through design

In recent years climate research and policies have increased exponentially. Besides climate mitigation, they now include the challenge of climate adaptation. We must prepare for the future climate and its impacts.

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Passages

Passages, transitional spaces for the 21st century city

How can small infrastructural interventions have a significant impact and provide solutions to urgent problems such as mobility, security, accessibility and efficiency, that cannot be dealt with by long planning processes and large-scale operations? This research question represents the main focus of the research program, called Passages.

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Metabolism Antwerp

Metabolism Antwerp

The aim of the research was to generate new insights at the intersection of urbanism, circular economics and spatial tasks in the Antwerp context. 

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Kempenatlas

The KEMPENATLAS

The KEMPENATLAS maps the Antwerp Campine region for the first time, both as a book and as exhibition. Twelve thematic maps and essays grant insight into the spatial development and future possibilities of the region. 

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Shifting climates – Redesigning urban landscapes

Shifting climates – Redesigning urban landscapes

The summer school 'Shifting Climate, Reshaping Urban Landscapes', organized by our research group as a 8-day international design studio, focussed on climate adaptation strategies from an urban development point of view.

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Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing urban developments through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for social cohesion. 

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