Urban Planning and Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies

  • Fulvia Pinto DAStU – Politecnico di Milano
Keywords: Urban planning, Climate change, Mitigation strategies, Adaptation strategies


Climate change is a current phenomenon: the temperatures rise, rainfall patterns are changing, glaciers melt and the average global sea level is rising. It is expected that these changes will continue and that the extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, will become more frequent and intense. The impact and vulnerability factors for nature, for the economy and for our health are different, depending on the territorial, social and economic aspects. The current scientific debate is focused on the need to formulate effective policies for adaptation and mitigation to climate change. The city plays an important role in this issue: it emits the most greenhouse gas emissions (more than 60% of the world population currently lives in urban areas) and the city is more exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Urban planning and territorial governance play a crucial role in this context: the international debate on the sustainability of urban areas is increasing. It’s necessary to adapt the tools of building regulations to increase the quality of energy - environment of the cities.


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Author Biography

Fulvia Pinto, DAStU – Politecnico di Milano

1986-1987: Graduated with honor at the Faculty of Architecture of Naples. 1988: she obtains qualification to practise the architect profession. 1989: beginning of teaching and research activity. 1998: PhD in Technical Urban Planning, at the Polytechnic of Milan. 1989-1999: Assistant Teacher at the University of Naples, Faculty of Engineering and at the Polytechnic of Milan, Faculty of Engineering. 1999-2002: Temporary professor in Urban Planning. Since 2002: Permanent Researcher in Urban Technique and Planning at the Dpt. of Architecture and Planning, Polytechnic of Milan. Currently she teaches at the Polytechnic of Milan, Faculty of Engineering: “Urban planning”, “Urban planning and transformation” and “Laboratory of Urban Technique”. She is author of many publications on the theme of relationship between urban planning and mobility system and on the theme of urban requalification. The results of these searches have been shown during various national and international conventions.


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How to Cite
PintoF. (2014). Urban Planning and Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/2547