Designing with water for climate change adaptation and cultural heritage preservation

Elnokaly, Amira and Pittungnapoo, Witiya (2022) Designing with water for climate change adaptation and cultural heritage preservation. In: International Conference on Vernacular Heritage: Culture, People and Sustainability 2022, 15h-17th September 2022, Valencia, Spain.

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Climate change is a global challenge and one of its major impacts is on flooding, which has become more unpredictable and destructive in both the UK and Thailand since the beginning of the 21st centu-ry. Designing with water (DWW) and natural-based solutions are emerging as some of the most im-portant approaches for dealing with climate change and adaptation for a resilient future. Flooding is a natural phenomenon and in the UK, and Thailand, as in many other parts of the world, local communi-ties over millennia have learnt to live and co-exist with seasonal inundation, and their tangible and intangible heritage and lifeways celebrate their relationship with water. However, in part to the in-crease in the frequency and severity of floods but also exacerbated by rapid urbanization and floodplain encroachment, has resulted in many nationally and internationally important heritage sites in Thailand being at increasing risk because of longer inundation periods during the rainy season. In addition, climate change has made flooding in Thailand more unpredictable and widespread. Fragmented plan-ning and management in the cultural sector, particularly the lack of integration between regulatory organisations responsible for flood protection, is also a major problem. The study investigates several successful DWW case studies from the built environment that highlights good practice and international expertise that will help scholars and practitioners designing in flood pone regions to develop their knowledge and strategies. These cases present integrative whole system approaches, which put DWW and more natural-based solutions at the heart of their design strategies for climate adaptation front and centre of cultural heritage management and preservation. The paper presents a series of recommen-dations to turn flood threat into an opportunity to improve water resources and community resilience at regional and community.

Keywords:Designing with Water, Climate Change Adaptation, Sukhothai, Cultural Heritage
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
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