About Latitudes

Sharing ideas for a better world.

Latitudes is a global educational network that will engage future generations with the challenges of designing for climate change.

The agenda is simply that environmental change is best experienced if it is to be understood. The Latitudes network will offer an opportunity to open doors into diverse climates, both real and virtual, for students and staff to engage in inter-disciplinary design research and learning by working across different latitudes and climatic regions. In this way our changing climate will become more tangible. Students and researchers will have the opportunity to think across boundaries, to create new ideas for living and working in an age of unpredictable climate. The Latitudes programme will create memories about how important our climate is to the places we build and inhabit.

Our network comprises universities in Turkey, India, China, Italy, Norway, Finland, Maldives, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia and UK. Our teaching and research interest and current work spans across four thematic areas related to design for environmental sustainability and climate change: Adaptation Design, Green Design, Resilience Design and Arctic Design.

Green design

Includes innovation in green building, environmental design, green technologies and processes for sustainable and adequate use of resources in the built environment. It includes applying design innovation skills in how we think of materials and construction methods as well as context and nature, to achieve buildings, landscapes and cities that are energy-concious, and positively integrated with their social, cultural and ecological contexts.

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Adaptation design

Using design-thinking skills to evaluate existing outdated and underperforming buildings, infrastructure and landscapes, in response to changing climatic conditions and the increasing need for energy efficiency in the built environment. Innovation lays in how to reframe old problems through design, change ingrained architectural and urban practices and formulate creative adaptation strategies that respond to the various environmental and social challenges emerging from climate change.

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Arctic design

Territories across the arctic region are increasingly subjected to rapid transformations emerging from climate change and resource extraction. Cities and landscapes are rapidly changing, while affecting humans and ecosystems alike. This thematic area focuses on applying design-thinking to how we understand, intervene and cope with these challenges, while addressing the pressures of harsh climate conditions, long distances, indigenous peoples and use of natural resources in arctic areas.

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Resilience design

Using design-thinking and innovation in architecture and urban design to help build the capacity of cities and communities to adapt and thrive against emerging challenges, such as global warming, sea rising levels, scarcity of resources and extreme weather events. By applying design-thinking, we can use these challenges as drivers for innovation and rethink the role of buildings, infrastructure and urban interventions in coping with change, particularly in urban areas and coastal settlements.

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