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CREATING A PROCESS GUIDE FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT TRANSFORMATION IN CITIES

Bauhaus Earth and the Toni Piëch Foundation (TPF) are once more joining forces to facilitate change towards a sustainable future of construction and cities. In a new project supported by TPF and developed closely with local stakeholders, Bauhaus Earth aims to create a changemaker’s guide for the transition towards a regenerative built environment under real life conditions in the Global South.


© Cape Town neighborhood / Unsplash: Devon Janse van Rensburg

PILOT PROCESS FOR TRANSITION

For the project, the Germany-based non-profit organization will design and pilot a multi-stakeholder process for transitioning to a regenerative built environment in the Cape Town city-region. The experience from the pilot process will be translated into a guide for systemic change in the built environment to empower other cities.

CHANGING HOW CITIES ARE BUILT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

The majority of construction will happen in the global south, especially in Africa. Given the current carbon footprint of buildings, we need to address this issue adequately in order to keep our climate goals attainable. Cape Town was chosen due to its readiness for transitioning into a climate resilient city, because of extreme weather events in recent years. This pilot project offers more sustainable solutions for change in other Sub-Saharan African cities.

Bauhaus Earth, an organization consisting of architects, city planners, and experts in other relevant fields, is already a partner of the Toni Piëch Foundation. The first project, which resulted in a series of information- and factsheets on aspects of sustainable construction, was successfully completed with very satisfactory results. The role of the building sector in climate change has received increasing attention, but the lack of easily accessible information from reliable sources has kept the public, professionals, and change-makers at bay from the discussion. The objectives of this new project also align perfectly with the foundation’s interest in the future of cities, in innovative solutions to conquer climate change and in its strong belief in the power of communication.

The aim: to design a transition process for a regenerative built environment in Cape Town for other cities to benefit from.