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Buildings 2016, 6(3), 28; doi:10.3390/buildings6030028

City and Building Designers, and Climate Adaptation

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Centre de recherche en aménagement et développement (CRAD), Laval University, Pavillon Félix-Antoine Savard, local 1612, 2325 rue des Bibliothèques, Université Laval, Québec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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École supérieure d’aménagement et de développement régional (ESAD), Laval University, Pavillon Félix-Antoine Savard, local 1616, 2325 rue des Bibliothèques, Université Laval, Québec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Laboratoire de recherche en architecture (LRA), École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Toulouse (ENSA), 83 rue Aristide Maillol, BP 10629, 31106 Toulouse Cedex 1, France
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Academic Editor: Chengzhi Peng
Received: 6 June 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Conscious Building and Urban Design)
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Abstract

For cities, climate change is a major concern due to its severe impacts and its inherent complexity. City and building designers could be pivotal actors, but have yet to fully take on this role. Research can support adaptation action through greater collaboration with practitioners and a better understanding of their knowledge and practices. This paper presents results from a research project undertaken in Toulouse (France) last year. Urban practitioners were consulted through an online survey and observed in action during two design workshops. The findings highlight: (i) the hidden knowledge within design practice; (ii) the importance of providing designers with solution-focused and form-giving data; and (iii) the potential offered by design constraints to trigger changes in the practices of professionals. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate adaptation; city and building design professionals; design knowledge; design constraints; design tools climate adaptation; city and building design professionals; design knowledge; design constraints; design tools
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Dubois, C.; Cloutier, G.; Rosenkilde Rynning, M.K.; Adolphe, L.; Bonhomme, M. City and Building Designers, and Climate Adaptation. Buildings 2016, 6, 28.

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