Be an Urban Climate Architect

This game created by the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP demonstrates on 64 spaces the factors influencing urban climate.

Players of this game build their very own city while having to strive for a balance between different requirements like housing and workplaces and the urban climate – a task being not as easy as it seems.

Throughout the world, people are moving from rural to urban areas. As a result, metropolises require more housing and better infrastructure, more jobs and green spaces. At the same time, our climate is changing, and modern cities have to adapt to these new conditions. Cooling, water management, emissions of CO2 and pollutants are key aspects. These issues can vary greatly from region to region. Accordingly, urban planners have to take into consideration how buildings, industry, green areas and traffic affect urban climates. Solving this major challenge is exactly what players will try to do when playing Urban Climate Architect.

CliSAP Research Topic Urban Systems

Urban Climate Architect has been developed by the Urban Climate Research Team around Prof. Heinke Schlünzen and David Grawe as well as the CliSAP Outreach department. The project received financial support by Hamburg’s Ministry for the Environment and Energy.

CliSAP's Urban Climate Architect is licensed under Creative Commons: CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non Commercial - No Derivatives 4.0 - International)

Create your own city – by yourself or as a team

Urban Climate Architect is available in two different versions:  playable on a large console displayed during exhibitions, it can be viewed aboard the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft travelling Germany for example. In 2016 the game has also been made available as a free browser version online.

At the Games for Change Festival in New York in May 2016 CliSAP introduced its Urban Climate Architect. Watch the five-minute talk here:

 

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