Dutch-style interactive modelling of heat islands, indoor overheating and pluvial water management

At the end of the three days of Resilient Cities 2014, four researchers and one policy advisor, all Dutch, fittingly offered attendants three valuable practical tools for resilience and adaptation planning.

Inclusive Vulnerability Mapping – Discontents and Happy Amateurs Welcome

“Maps are always manifestations of power”, emphasizes researcher Carsten Butch from the University of Cologne. In doing so, he unknowingly summarized a Friday-morning session on constructing spatial knowledge of water-related vulnerabilities Maps are never objective; they have never been and will likely never become. Subjective choices are always part of their making and the end results always have differentiated consequences for different stakeholders. Contested parameter definition in a GIS environment, as well as selective use of data or data lacking, are examples as to why also modern maps should never be taken at face value, or at least not remain Read more