Climate change is now a daily news headline and Hawaii is at the forefront of addressing the impacts of climate change and building a more sustainable future. Some of the many local efforts underway include the State of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative which sets the goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045; the establishment of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency in 2016, tasked with tracking climate change science and impacts, developing resilient infrastructure and integrating sustainable and environmental values into city plans and policies; AIA Honolulu’s recent adoption of the Architecture 2030 Challenge to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption in buildings, developments and major renovations; and the State of Hawaii’s support of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A Manifesto: Regenerating Cities in the Age of Climate Change
Architects, landscape architects and planners must consider how to best return derelict, post-industrial urban blocks into vibrant, livable places. Re-integration of greenery through nature-based solutions plays a significant role in this practical manifesto by first restoring damaged ecosystems.
Steffen’s presentation explored the complex process of transforming and regenerating existing cities and is based on the author’s recent book Urban Regeneration: A Manifesto (London, 2019), which presents ten regeneration principles illustrated through 13 cases in UK cities. Continuing the unfinished, yet seminal text Towards an Urban Renaissance (report by the Urban Task Force and Richard Rogers, 1999), the author’s research develops a framework for a 21st-century manifesto of principles for the regeneration of cities, focusing on the characteristics of ‘a ‘good place’—the European model of compact, resilient cities—and strategies of sustainable urbanism. These principles are designed to be translated and applied to other developed cities worldwide.