In collaboration with Climate-KIC and as an outreach of the ENHANCE project, the ENHANCE partner organisation Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) together with the International Center for Climate Governance(ICCG) organised the 2016 Climathon in Venice. The Venice contest had nature-based solutions for mitigating extreme heat as a theme.
VENICE, OCTOBER 28th, 2016 – Participants at the Climathon event in Venice came up with innovative and nature-based solutions to cope with heatwaves and the heat island effect as part of a 24-hour global challenge responding to climate change impacts. Experts and stakeholders in Venice joined others in more than 50 world cities simultaneously taking part in the hackathon-style event.
The Climate-KIC Climathon brought together major cities across six continents to solve city-wide climate challenges. In Venice, 21 participants focused on solving the following challenge: “Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solution to cope with heatwaves”. The event was organised by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) – International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), in collaboration with CFZ, University Ca’ Foscari Venice.
The winning solution “Float green à porter” is oriented to counteract the heat island effect in Venice using nature based solutions in public spaces. The group was also awarded with a special mention prize form the public taking part at the pitch presentations. The global event, the second of its kind, was organised by Climate-KIC, the EU’s climate change innovation partnership of universities, businesses and the public sector.
The challenge of Venice Climathon 2016: “Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solutions to cope with heatwaves”
Venice is one of the World Heritage sites most at threat from the impacts of current and expected climate change. Rising sea level, exacerbated by local subsidence, and extreme temperatures are among the main hazards to be faced by the city and its inhabitants. Little attention has been drawn so far on how to enhance the city’s coping and adaptive capacity with respect to heatwaves. Venice Climathon addressed the following question: ‘What kind of energy-efficient solutions can be imagined to increase Venice resilience to heatwaves?’, ‘Which form of adaptation increase the generation of new services?’, ‘How combine both mitigation and adaptation options?’
Participants at Venice Climathon adopted a two-fold perspective. On the one side, they focused on cooling systems in (historical) buildings. Types of approaches falling in this category include, but are not limited to, domotic systems, interior architectural projects, and information campaigns. On the other side, they explored the potential of nature-based solutions, to reduce the urban heat island effect. The approach was highly trans-disciplinary, combining urban planning, architecture, and business perspectives.
Combining adaptation, mitigation and sociability
After 24 non-stop hours of collaboration and solution-finding, the best idea was selected by an expert jury consisting of representatives from the innovation, administration and research areas from Municipality of Venice, We Are Here Venice, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, ETIFOR, Officina*, VeGa, MiBac, Corila and Veneto Region
The winning solution “Float green à porter” is oriented to counteract the heat island effect in Venice using nature based solutions in public spaces. The guiding pillars consist of a combination between adaptation, mitigation and sociability in a floating and modular island which can be easily replicated.
Note to readers:
The event was organised by:
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
International Center for Climate Governance
In collaboration with:
CA’Foscari Zattere – Cultural Flow Zone
The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016.
In Venice the Climate-KIC Climathon began on the morning of the 28 October CET and finished on the following day. It was organised to create new solutions which are able to combine both mitigation (e.g. energy efficiency in the built environment) and adaptation objectives (resilience to floods and extreme temperatures).