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Learning outcomes of the course unit

- Situate individual project within the framework of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Scenarios
- Define project-based climatic design problem statements.
- Define regenerative design strategies that relate to six interrelated scales: Ecosystems, Urban Environments, Buildings, Façades, Components and Material, Human
- Orchestrate the conceptual framework with Simulation Tools such as Ladybug Tools and more extensively Envimet
- navigate the big data that informs the climate change Design
- simulate design scenarios according to regenerative targets and co-benefits approaches
- generate scientific knowledge derived by the "research by design" conducted in the Studio
- Write a short scientific report describing the adopted regenerative design strategy and the achieved co-benefits

Course contents summary

The theme of this course is “Adapting Venice to Climate Change”. The extensive damage that human activity has done Venice and the surrounding ecosystems it hosts is increasingly acknowledged by recent events such as floods and heatwaves. To tackle such challenge a specific focus of the course is the creative design of strategies centred on the transformation of urban and building forms.

Because there is a synergistic relationship between form, climate, ecosystems and human life, strategies to address the causes and impacts of climate change will be found in managing local microclimates via the extensive use of simulation tools, as a way to reduce and produce energy, eliminate and absorb emissions, tackle the loss of biodiversity and promote the life of people in outdoor spaces.

This will mean at the same time restoring or creating ecosystem services, thus adding to the overall resilience of the built environment, creating favourable climatic conditions for people to spend more time in public spaces. The course is based on international and national lecturers focusing on climate change, microclimatic design, and urban microclimatic simulation.

Recommended readings

NABONI, E., HAVINGA L. Regenerative Design in Digital Practice: A
Handbook for the Built Environment. Bozen-Bolzano: Eurac Research,
2019 (please download for free from Emanuele Naboni's profile in

Teaching methods

The course revolves around theoretical and practical application operated by international lecturers and the course leader. Students will model their sites with Rhino or equivalent 3d modeller and perform a series of preliminary climatic studies via Ladybug Tools and Envimet within the context of specific workshops.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will have to show by a written scientific report how their projects embody climatic design principles (by design means) and provide a series of simulation based presentation of future climatic scenarios by the use of Ladybug Tools and set of microclimatic studies via Envimet software tool.