Bringing out new approaches to adaptation…
To overcome the catastrophist visions surrounding climate change, it seemed essential to us to rediscover the desire to be creative and explore new imaginaries. How can we make a critical situation the catalyst for a renewal of the way we live in our environment, which is thought of on a scale that is both personal and common? Rather than being subjected to change, we propose a positive outlook that can adapt to current and future developments.
This is why we want to value, share and connect those who reflect, design and experiment with adaptation, in order to bring out new approaches and imagine our future differently.
… to climate change
The global phenomena caused by the effects of climate change will irredeemably modify inhabited and natural spaces. Rising temperatures (air and water), extreme heat and rain events, storm surge, sea level rise … are all specific and localized but also cumulative phenomena and global. They will disrupt ecosystems, lifestyles, human and animal migrations, and our occupation of space and land use.
It seems essential to us, to approach the relations that we have with our environment through the prism of these major changes.
Shores as an experimental environment
The coastlines are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: the Mississippi Delta is gradually sinking, the Langue de Barbarie off the coast of Saint-Louis in Senegal giving way in places, the shores of the Philippines ravaged by tsunamis, the first climate refugees from the Vanuatu Islands, there are plenty of examples.
Shores reveal the perpetual movements of time. They embody change and continuous transformation. On these landscapes of interface between land and sea, we feel intensely the cycles and evolutions. Everything is mobile and impermanence makes all actions changeable. From then on, shores lead us to imagine flexible and evolving design processes.
Klima was formed around the exploration of the shorelines because they carry such contemporary problems on a global scale that they become study fields of universal value. The unlimited horizon, the nourishing shore, the seaside myth, the call of deep water, the hope for a better life, the international trade, the ecosystems of rare richness and the foreseeable consequences of climate change… Polysemous, the coastlines are therefore carrying environmental, poetic and social challenges.
A thought of connection and resonance
We believe that it is essential to highlight what makes the connection between things: the interrelation between rivers and the high seas, the interface between land and sea or the complementarity of approaches and uses. It is only by developing this link thinking that we will be able to create more flexible and resilient adaptations to ongoing changes. More than sectoral or analytical approaches, adaptation requires an ecosystem-based understanding, where interdependencies are paramount.
From then on, the artificial boundaries between disciplines and scale relationships fall. We wish to approach these topics with a systemic approach that can understand interrelated ecosystems. This thought of connection and resonances leads us to connect processes from the designer, scientific, technical and social fields.
We have chosen to develop our approach, entitled Klima, in four directions: a community, a world map highlighting emerging coastal adaptation projects, notebooks to deepen selected themes, and the opportunity to experiment in our turn .
Community and Climate Collaborations
The Klima collective shares a common interest in crossing architecture, landscape and climate. Coming from an initial training in architecture, we cultivate hybridization and openness to other fields. This polysemous vision nourishes our reflections and makes us want to discover and invite other ways of looking at the world.
We do not want to think alone on issues that concern us all, but think and experiment with others. This project is being built in collaboration with the members of the klimatic community in order to lead joint reflections and actions.
Converging Coastlines Cartography
Our project proposes a large world map on which coastal adaptation projects to climate change will be referenced and linked.
This map highlights innovative initiatives in France and around the world, highlighting the diversity of solutions and the emergence of new models. We want to show projects that highlight new and more flexible adaptation approaches, based on a systemic approach taking into account changes over time.
The map includes both research and experimental projects, as well as urban and landscape planning projects using, in the first place, ecosystem-based solutions (natural and human).
In addition, we want to develop this tool on a collaborative model so that it is nourished through partnerships in France and internationally.
Klima, Climate Magazines
With the publication of articles, we give a voice to those who think, test, experiment and create coastal adaptation. The articles allow to deepen the reflections on adaptation by resolutely maintaining a positive vision of the future.
These magazines and collections of articles will be conceived according to the concept of Zeugma, terminology borrowed from the stylistic figure of the same name, which combines two names, one of a concrete sense and the other in an abstract sense, around a common term. We thus propose to put in relation and in dialogue several fields of thought coming from the scientific world and the artistic world, around a common theme of reflection.
This collection of articles take different forms depending on the focus they present. These may include reports, interviews, articles, etc. Publications may also be accompanied by short video interviews, photo reports or podcasts.
Search, Design, Contribute
While our main ambition is to highlight and connect emerging projects, we are also driven by the desire to put our ideas into practice. We rely on the cyclical and evolving process of action research to co-create a desired future. It seems essential to us to invent new methods and new forms of work where the process counts as much as the result.