Half of mankind lives in cities—and the tendency is on the increase. These
people use the greater part of our energy and yet also produce the most
pollutants—with far-reaching consequences for the world climate. The other
way around, climate change has an impact on urban life, influencing living
conditions in the city. These tremendous changes herald the departure into
a new age.
The Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition) IBA
Hamburg focuses on this theme, taking a detailed look at “The City in
Climate Change”. Volume 2 of the series Metropolis: illuminates causes and
examines previous efforts in architecture, town planning and urban
development planning with the intention of reflecting on strategies and
visions for a new, appropriate form of urban living.