Overcoming the climate crisis presents us with enormous challenges that we can only overcome by radically turning away from the status quo. It would probably be too easy to rely on technical solutions without questioning our way of life, working methods, and infrastructural requirements.
Addressing this topic, the internationally active Austrian architecture firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA), dealt with the question of how existing transport infrastructures or man-made landscapes can be transformed into renewable energy sources of the future and, in addition to additional uses, also aesthetic added value to create.
With this study, we also take into account the fact that the upcoming challenges require specific actions that decision-makers in politics, business, and society have to initiate, but usually do not have the necessary prerequisites.
DMAA has set the task of demonstrating the potential of such a transformation for the development of the designed environment together with a team of experts on the basis of 5 scenarios and to substantiate this with concrete figures, data, and facts. The associated investigation of the political, economic, and social framework conditions focuses on the current situation in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, but does so against the background of the general goals and horizons of an international debate in the context of the Covid pandemic has gained additional explosiveness.
In this task, Climateflux supported the team with the simulations of high-resolution radiation potential for the selected areas using point-cloud topography models.