Climate change became a fascinating subject to the urban environment. Our scope is to develop a research network, associating architecture schools, urban research laboratories, local authorities and NGOs on architectural solutions to deal with the problem of the consequences of climate change, more focused on Waterfront Cities.
Today, and worldwide, are already many entities werking directly on issues related to the effects of extreme swings in the climatic conditions. So, why is it urgent to share, systematize and upgrade knowledge on the subject? The effect of climate change is increasing at an abnormal rhythm which demands adaptation and transformation of vulnerable territories. In the last years, many projects were interrupted when they faced streng opposition coming either from public opinion, the media or lawsuits. Project proposals seem to address sensitive cultural values and consequent ly meet years of discussion, only to be put aside eventually . Such difficulties bring a lo ss of competitiveness on all sides, as well as decreasing quality of life for their citizens. The anterior information represents a problem within the European Community.
Data related to historica! and geographic records of specific waterfronts are used to construct patterns of development, feed algorithms and integrate the support of artificial intelligence to design possible future scenarios. To face the future challenges in mana ging, adapting and mitigating the effect brought by the increasing number of disasters , Lusofona University ULHT/LEAU has been cooperating with ten partners, from Portugal, The Netherlands, ltaly, Greece, Poland and Sweden to share their best practices, including research on waterfront projects that merge equipment as well as public spaces and infrastructures, to produce and disseminate solutions, that enhance resilience. The research is carried out by four schools of architecture and urban planning, and entities werking together with the worldwide market.
The final result aims to produce Sustainable Operative Solutions. S.O.S. waterfront mission is to develop affordable research environment and efficient operational tools between educational and non-academie partners by creating a Doctorate Consortium’ s to face the effects of climate change. The aim is to make use of the existing strategie network to enhance the research carried on in the field of urban waterfronts.