Event paper Deposited for RESILIENCE, in Abstracts

(October 2012) Towards a “Climate Change” Sensitive Planning Practice: Inconsistencies in Discourse and Action

Towards a “Climate Change” Sensitive Planning Practice: Inconsistencies in Discourse and Action 
Statistics consistently show that the effects of the built environment on climate have globally accelerated in recent years. Countries like Turkey have become more responsive to this global phenomenon and taken precautions at various dimensions, including professional, planning, and regulatory. Design and planning professionals increasingly tend to integrate the climatologic knowledge to creating solutions for urban environments. Plans at varying scales including urban, provincial, regional and national formulate decisions in reference to climate change. Regulations usually authorize central and local authorities to take precautions in general terms against issues related to climate change such as water pollution, waste management, building heat insulation, renewable energy, forestation, land preservation, agriculture, and ecological balance. However, inconsistencies across plan decisions and their lack of practical base in reference to existing regulations in the Turkish context stand as one of the main weaknesses that result in the production of an urban environment insensitive to the climate change.

Urban climatology provides several mitigation clues which vary from micro to macro-urban scales. Plans can translate this knowledge more complementarily to actionable decisions if climate responsive knowledge is accurately stated at the level of actionable design and planning knowledge in regulatory sanctions. Taking this as a point of departure, this study, first, critically reviews the existing regulations and national/international agreements related to climate change in the Turkish context. Secondly, the research develops actionable standards and codes to be legitimized at the architectural, street, neighborhood and city scales based on scientific research and design applications.