Join this live event where we hear from global experts on the latest research and thinking around resilient cities. We will explore recent advances in microclimate simulation, lessons learned from city-scale modeling, and how integrating an ecosystem of design tools on energy, comfort, GIS, and carbon can give designers an advantage in combating the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

A future planet is one in which 80% of the global population will live in densely packed cities. Global megatrends including urbanization and extreme climate change will place unprecedented demands on our buildings, cities, and infrastructure.Climate Resilience

According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, every week, around the world, we build new floor space corresponding to a city the size of Paris in France.

  • This uses 40% of global natural resources
  • Creates 40% of all waste streams
  • Releases close to 40% of all global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere.



10:00 AM EDT

Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Naghman Khan, Product Marketing at SimScale

10:15 AM EDT

Designing for Extreme Environments

Xavier De Kestelier, Principal and Head of Design at Hassell Studio

Hassell Studio has been at the forefront of extreme risk-based design. Xavier will show strategies for designing in extreme environments, from refugee camps to cities under extreme climate risk, and even a new space architecture for buildings on the moon.

10:30 AM EDT

Designing Better Cities—Impact of Urban Heat Island and Climate Change

Professor Maria Kolokotroni, Associate Dean at Brunel University, United Kingdom

An overview of the impacts of urban heat islands and climate change on buildings and cities including adaptation strategies that architects and engineers can use to design better cities.

10:45 AM EDT

State of the Art in Microclimate Simulation

Richard Szoeke-Schuller, Product Manager for Architecture, Engineering and Construction at SimScale

SimScale is a leading, cloud-native microclimate simulation tool provider. Learn about the state of the art software design tools for microclimate analysis including transient wind studies, outdoor thermal comfort, and how to utilize historical and forecast climate data for city-wide applications. Includes a demonstration of the SimScale API to develop custom analysis tools.

11:00 AM EDT


11:15 AM EDT

Environment Design Best Practices from Zaha Hadid

Carlos Bausa Martinez, Head of Environmental Design and Sustainability at Zaha Hadid Architects

Carlos will share key learnings and environmental design techniques and tools they have developed at Zaha Hadid for designing some of the most prestigious and ground breaking projects globally.

11:30 AM EDT

Environmental and Human Centric Design at Atkins Global

Avgousta Stanitsa, Atkins Global / SNC Lavalin Group

Atkins have developed an ecosystem of design tools in-house to leverage the vast expertise they have in environmental and human-centric design. Avgousta will share how they are using cloud technology to push the boundaries of sustainable design at Atkins.

11:45 AM EDT

A Novel Microclimate Analysis App

Elias Anka, Lead Environmental Designer at KPF

KPF has developed a novel Rhino app that uses the SimScale API for microclimate analysis. Elias will show attendees how they developed the new app, and the organizational learnings of deploying complex design tools to over 100 architects in multiple offices.

12:00 PM EDT


12:15 PM EDT

Panel Session: Act Now! What Do Architects and Engineers Need to Design Cities Best Adapted to Climate Change?

Each panel member will answer questions and share their thoughts about what we need to do in order to design cities that are best adapted to climate change. The panel will discuss if we have the right design & engineering tools and give their perspective on the biggest risks and challenges facing design firms.

12:45 PM EDT

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