“Frome urban design: adaptation and resilience “

Liz Kinsey, of South Gloucestershire Council, looks to a future where examples of adaptation to climate change – such as urban rivers – and examples of non-adaptation are compared and contrasted.

Liz Kinsey: I thought I would do something about urban design and adaption and resilience to climate change because that’s broadly what we’ve been speaking about. So, currently, I think there’s lots of development that’s going on that isn’t very well adapted and people are using, people, as you say, are not very aware of how to be. Well, they know the message of what they should do about water efficiency but they’re not necessarily doing it. Temperatures are getting hotter so I’ve got my little people here saying, “It’s too hot!” “Not enough water!” and then I’ve got one about using the green infrastructure, blue green infrastructure, where I’ve also got my very straightened river. It’s not quite as defined as yours but with the fish in it, saying, “Not enough flow.” “Not enough oxygen.” and “Poor water quality and too hot.” And the trees and the grass are all sort of frazzled and dry. But then I’ve got the two boxes which are adapted, where we’ve got the development, the housing and what have you, has got natural ventilation. You’ve got your smart meters and you’ve got trees that are allowing, that help to create shading and what have you, to reduce temperatures. And then, we’ve got bits of the river which is much more sinuous and tree shading, over the river, to try and reduce temperatures in the water and just a little person saying, “I feel well.” because the bonus of having the natural, using that green infrastructure through the cities, even, will have that public health and well being bonus.

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