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SA City Micro Climates

SA City Micro Climates

Living Architecture Strategies: Where science meets design.


AILA SA and the AIA SA Chapter are pleased to host this important event presented by Graeme Hopkins - Fifth Creek Studio.

Date: Wednesday 22 April

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: AIA - 100 Flinders Street, Adelaide


AILA & AIA Members - $20.00

AILA & AIA Students - $15.00

Non Members - $40.00

Drinks and Nibbles provided

LIVING ARCHITECTURE STRATEGIES: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS DESIGN: Creating micro climates for human comfort in the public realm whether on city scale or on the domestic scale.


This presentation will look at strategies and latest research to combat rising city heat, to create micro climates for human comfort in the spaces between buildings and the effect on the surrounding built form. This will be informative to both architects and landscape architects who design and plan in the urban environment, whether a single dwelling or city wide precincts.


Cities are becoming denser through city drift movement and encouragement by Government policies to create the compact city to mitigate and adapt to climate change, resulting in more hard surfaces and built form, with less green space, landscape and permeable surfaces. This increases the city heat and Urban Heat Index (UHI), creating unpleasant spaces, heat related illness, and increased running costs for buildings.

One way of creating more natural environment or natural systems within the city, as well as accommodating the other competing pressures for valuable ground level space, is to use the external building surfaces of the built form (Living architecture) as part of the natural environment. Through clever design, using natural systems together with urban geometry to modify the urban environment, both density of the built form and the amount of biomass can be increased at the same time to create a more liveable city.  



Images by Fifth Creek Studio.

22/04/2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
100 Flinders Street Australian Institute of Architects Office ADELAIDE SA 5000

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