Decision-support tools for planning climate resilient developments: enablers and inhibitors: Do data-driven solutions hold the key to planning climate resilient cities?

Chair:  Jeremy Anterola,  (
             Mariusz Hermansdorfer, (
Co-chair:  Ulf Stein,  (
                  Mark Randall  (

Short Description:
By 2050, the cost of ‘doing nothing’ to mitigate climate change effects in cities will cost the EU 100-150 billion Euros per year every year (H2020, 2018). Our workshop assembles (dependent on availability) a diverse range of stakeholders (public, private, research institutions, experts) to tackle how design-support tools - or the lack thereof – influence how we (can) plan with climate resilient tools. The workshop is in three parts. Part 1 commence by summarizing climate topics and splits into break-out sessions focused on opportunities and barriers to implementing decision-support tools (30 minutes) Part 2 is an interactive session led by presenters to engage in climate-specific topics related to technology uptake. Computational design techniques as they relate to decision-support systems or platforms, while practical at building and plot scales, are particularly challenging to apply at the urban scale due to increased computational expense, difficulty in limiting inputs, and more stakeholders involved in the process (Wilson et al, 2019). Noting that the relative level of engagement of the participants will be unknown, the break-outs will draw from participants’ specific case studies the use of decision-support tools have enabled, hindered or supported the planning of climate resilient developments. Feedback to be recorded on flip charts. Selected tables could utilize current tools and showcase function in a smaller format. Intent however is not to do live demoing. With the intent to engage a wide and varied audience that have interests that can extend beyond water-specific urban planning topics (flooding, stormwater, cloudbursts) as they relate to decision-support tools, the presentation topics will focus on broader themes specific to climate resiliency and adaptation. The workshop concludes with a targeted feedback session reiterating key commonalities with a final output being the creation of a ‘climate’ action plan for resolving gaps in using decision-support tools.