Today the focus is on the subsurface which, with its man-made and natural components, plays an important, if not crucial, role in the urban climate and global energy transition. On the one hand, the sub-surface is associated with a variety of challenges such as subsidence, pollution, damage to infrastructure and shortages of space for new urban systems. On the other hand, the sub-surface presents opportunities in terms of solutions for flooding, reduction in heat stress, and decentralized energy systems.
© Jannes Linders
Therefore, it is necessary to place sub-surface issues in their appropriate perspective, to enable a more resilient design that brings together ecosystem services, climate and urban systems, and which takes full account of the dynamics of the subsoil. To achieve this, the sub-surface must be an integral part of above ground planning and design. Organization of the sub-surface needs to be reflected visually in relation to consideration of (surface) spatial morphology. Especially in urban renewal of existing cities that appeals to the concepts of ‘zero land take’ and ‘compact city’. The development of M4H is an example for both concepts and in its redevelopment the sub-surface plays and important role.
Location: Keileweg 38, 14 and 15 June, from 10 am - 4 pm
Since IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE we have been highlighting the subsurface as an important challenge for urban planners and designers. Read more here.
location: HAKA Building
date: June 14
time: 12:30 am - 2 pm