Lecture 5

lecture title

Climate Responsive Design

delivered by

Prof Peter Clegg, Ms Isabel Sandeman and Ms Rachel Sayers from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Mr Rafiq Azam, Principal Architect, Shatotto, Bangladesh 


An analysis of the most recent projections by UN Habitat reveals that the number of urban dwellers in the Commonwealth is predicted to increase by over 1bn people by 2050, that’s nearly 50% of the total projected increase in the World’s urban population in the next 30 years. Estimates suggest that this is going to result in around 90 billion sqm of additional floorspace in Africa alone by 2060 and managing this growth sustainably is vital not only for the citizens of the Commonwealth but for the entire world.

The growth in cities presents us with a challenge to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and the need to ensure that we build in a more sustainable manner. In this lecture, therefore, we consider some of the principles underpinning ‘Climate Responsive Design’.

The lecture will be delivered in two parts with part one providing an overview of climate responsive design, including a reminder of the importance of passive design principles and low carbon construction. Part Two, entitled ‘Collaborating for Sustainable Development’, considers a case study which demonstrates how the principles have be used on a project in Bangladesh to create an inspiring and comfortable educational environment for the Aga Khan Academies Unit.

This lecture was first broadcast on the 30th July 2020 and was watched by over 365 participants from over 45 countries. The live recording of this lecture can be found here, the pre-recorded version is available at the top of this webpage. The event was co-chaired by Alex Ndibwami, Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda and Jalal Ahmed, President of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and CAA Vice President Asia.

key concepts

Part 1: Participatory Process, Local Materials, Solar Shading, Passive Ventilation, Natural Daylighting, Sustainable Landscape, Energy Generation, Water Management, Waste Management
Part 2: Design, Massing and Forms, Rapid Urbanisation, Partnerships

relevant SDGs

SDG6, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11, SDG12, SDG13 and SDG17

links to further information

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Aga Khan Academies

additional resources

Live lecture, first broadcast 30 July 2020, available here.
A copy of the Part 1 presentation can be found here, and their lecture notes can be found here.
The Manifesto for Climate Responsive Design (presented in Part 1) can be found here and click here for the microsite dedicated to the Climate Responsive Design Manifesto.
A copy of the Part 2 presentation can be found here, and their lecture notes can be found here.