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How Could a House Work in a Post Climate Change Scenario?

How Could a House Work in a Post Climate Change Scenario?

Climatic conditions are changing around the world, and with more extreme temperatures and limited resources, architectural and urban solutions must also change. How could our homes look and function effectively in a post-climate change scenario? Analyzing in detail the forecasts of these climatic variations, the architects of W-LAB have developed a Low-Tech habitat proposal for humid, hot, and arid climates, incorporating bio-materials, transportable solutions, and configurations that promote life in small and resilient communities.

The project responds to a series of computational simulations that visualize the climate scenario we will face during the coming decades, mainly warning that many areas with a temperate climate could become arid areas with hostile climates. According to the team of architects, "for a settlement in an arid place, we think of transportable cabins that can be supported on the ground, on bolted piles. These can be unmoored and leave no mark on the ground, further reducing their footprint on the environment."

This settlement distributes its modular units radially, delimiting a central protected space, like an oasis. To reduce the force of the wind in a territory with high exposure, the team proposes the creation of green belts formed by palm groves and desert vegetation, functioning as a filter for suspended particles. The effectiveness of this design and its efficacy at protection have been corroborated through CFD computational tools.

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