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Authors

The Kid Should See This, UN Environment Programme

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 51 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

How Can Design Make Climate-Resilient Buildings?

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Synopsis
  • This animated video and article summarize the UN Environment Programme's guidance on creating more resilient buildings to reduce the impacts of extreme weather.
  • Students will learn about a variety of engineered and nature-based solutions to help buildings withstand severe heat, floods, and wind caused by climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video concisely presents information using animated graphics. It effectively summarizes the key points of a longer, more dense publication on climate-resilient building and design.
  • The video and article present a solutions-based and action-oriented approach to discussing climate hazards, which may be encouraging to students who feel overwhelmed by the issue of climate change. 
  • Links to related videos and resources are included at the bottom of the webpage.
  • Some of the solutions include increasing coastal habitats like mangroves and flood plains, as well as designing structures in a way to withstand more extreme conditions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand that climate change is causing more extreme weather events and hazardous coastal conditions.

Differentiation

  • Consider having students brainstorm ways to build more climate-resilient communities before watching the video. Students could even complete a design challenge using diorama construction materials with simulated flood or wind conditions.
  • Students who are not familiar with physics or engineering design could benefit from experimenting with some of the solutions presented in the video by engaging in hands-on simulations or demonstrations.
  • To explore this topic further, check out this video on nature-based solutions or this text on Naturally Resilient Communities.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the role of integrating Indigenous knowledge and scientific data for constructing climate-resilient buildings. It contains an elementary guide on how buildings should be constructed to adapt to various climate risks across different geographies. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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