INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
International Climate Development Institute is a non-profit organization that focuses on climate change, human rights, intergenerational justice, and developing rights, and actively participates in international activities. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICDI actively implement the SDG13 “Climate Action”. The core belief of the organization is the concern for climate change and the right to human development; that is, when we talk about the adjustment and transformation that human beings need in the face of climate change, developing rights are important as well. With professional knowledge in climate governance, the organization provides assistance of capacity building, energy transformation, and development of adaptation strategies to disadvantaged groups to help them move towards a sustainable life with climate resilience.
Green City in Transformation - Kaohsiung City
Main issue: Carbon reduction
Solution: 〈Pilot Green Building Project - KAOHAUS〉
［Human-Centered Urban Design］
The design of KAOHAUS building takes inspiration from the Vertical Forest concept in Milan, Italy. For example, a comprehensive academic study of the design determined that the buildings’ 3-meter balconies reduced direct sunlight. Therefore, Kaohsiung has encouraged the construction of similar terraces to reduce the heat load of the buildings’ roofs and facades. Vertical garden designs also create a green urban landscape instead of a cement and metal facade. Ultimately, KAOHAUS aims to develop a unique architectural vocabulary and a brand signaling high quality and internationalism.
KAOHAUS confronts the problem of illegal construction by encouraging green designs that do not sacrifice building capacity but achieve afforestation vertically. KAOHAUS also simplifies construction application procedures to reduce barriers to building. For example, green buildings receive exemptions from regulations on area and volume if they meet outlined
sustainability requirements. These initiatives reduce the urban heat island effect while curbing illegal building activity and promoting development.
KAOHAUS guidelines promote general-purpose designs that are accessible to all ages, especially children and the increasing proportion of senior citizens. Features of universal design include layouts for baths and toilets, community gathering spaces and handicapped-accessible lifts.