Buenos Aires Climathon: Submerged Habitat – smart solutions for floodable areas

The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016. 

In Buenos Aires the Climate-KIC Climathon will begin on the morning of the 28 October ART and finish on the following day. It is organised by the Institute of Investigations and Politics of the Built Environment, University of La Plata and the Municipality of La Plata to create new solutions which will aid the vulnerable areas of the floodable city. 

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Climathon-2017-CTA”]

The Challenge

La Plata City is placed at the southern edge of the undulating Pampa, on a plateau 17 meters above sea level, with a very slight slope towards La Plata River. It is the administrative capital of Buenos Aires Province, it was conceived as a planned city. Is crossed by multiple waterways, one of them being the “Arroyo del Gato”. This stream is the largest waterway of the region with a watershed of 89 km2, half of the urban population of the region lives next to it.

The main climate problem is that the region is facing high raining levels, causing flooding on the most vulnerable areas. The last critical episode occurred on April the 2nd of 2013, where precipitations were recorded with an intensity of 390mm in 4 hours. The rise in the beds streams “Arroyo Maldonado” and “Arroyo del Gato” produced severe flooding in vulnerable areas. 

The first challenge is to find new ways to manage the water – divert it from the city’s districts, delay it upstream or store it for a time. Whilst the second challenge is to face urban transitions, there is a need to know how the city can cope with the flooding risk and rising water levels, understanding how to utilize already existing green and recreation spaces. The city and its open spaces need to be transformed to cope with water.
The last challenge is to create awareness and citizen engagement. A strong, supportive and well-connected neighborhood is critical to tackle floods and climate challenges. It is important to find effective ways of communicating, so that citizens can be informed and know how to act before, during and after a catastrophe.

Pitching to expert judges

The Climathon event will culminate in presentation of each group’s idea in front of panel members who will provide valuable feedback. The panel is comprised of different science and business experts.

Partners

Institute of Investigations and Politics of the Built Environment

University of La Plata

Municipality of La Plata

How to join the Climathon

How will you benefit from participating in Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Register your interest now to join the Climathon global movement and drive climate action

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Climathon-2017-CTA”]

 
Location
Related Focus Area
Urban Transitions
News you may be interested in
news
Introducing the Innovation Review

EIT Climate-KIC this week launches Innovation Review — a...

Introducing the Innovation Review
news
Renewables crowdfunding platform Lumo acquired by ...

Renewable energy crowdfunding platform fintech Lumo, supported by EIT...

Renewables crowdfunding platform Lumo acquired by Société Générale
news
Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housin...

Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housing were the...

Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housing hacked at urban solutions conference
news
EIT Climate-KIC to boost innovation capacity in Cr...

EIT Climate-KIC is expanding its network with the creation...

EIT Climate-KIC to boost innovation capacity in Croatia, Greece and Lithuania
news
EIT Climate-KIC aims to slash industrial plastic u...

EIT Climate-KIC and partners have launched an exciting programme to...

EIT Climate-KIC aims to slash industrial plastic use through innovation in digital tools
news
Europe’s students begin summer-long Journey ...

The Journey, the world’s largest climate innovation summer school,...

Europe’s students begin summer-long Journey to tackle climate change
news
EIT Climate-KIC shines the spotlight on distribute...

As it’s a relatively new technology, practical applications for...

EIT Climate-KIC shines the spotlight on distributed ledger technology at Innovate4Climate
news
City Finance Lab to launch beginning of June

A new initiative run by South Pole Group and...

City Finance Lab to launch beginning of June
news
Can cities find sustainable solutions in Copenhage...

 EIT Climate-KIC this week (23 May) hosts the Sustainable...

Can cities find sustainable solutions in Copenhagen?
news
Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe

EIT Climate-KIC has teamed up with five partners to...

Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe
news
Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be ...

The 2018 Climate Innovation Summit, Europe’s leading event on climate...

Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be held in emerging green finance centre Dublin
news
Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean ai...

Recent installations of the pollution-sucking CityTree in London and...

Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean air to London and Brussels
news
New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown...

EIT Climate-KIC, together with the German Energy Agency (DENA)...

New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown’
news
Integrated, holistic approach key for successful n...

Researchers, practitioners, and city officials were brought together by...

Integrated, holistic approach key for successful nature-based solutions
news
Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding f...

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on the European Commission to...

Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding framework, Climate-KIC urges European Commission
news
New European research-backed programme aims to inc...

EIT Climate-KIC is to launch an ambitious forestry innovation...

New European research-backed programme aims to increase sustainable forestry
news
#ClimateTech—or the role of incubators and accel...

At the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) Thematic Dialogue on...

#ClimateTech—or the role of incubators and accelerators in delivering the Paris Agreement
news
Insurance affordability and coverage threatened by...

Broad and continuous efforts are needed to prevent climate...

Insurance affordability and coverage threatened by climate change
news
Ahead of MIPIM, what is the future of green buildi...

MIPIM real estate conference brings the most influential players...

Ahead of MIPIM, what is the future of green buildings?
news
EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-p...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain is playing a major role in...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-private partnership for climate action
news
Annual damage to Europe’s critical infrastructur...

The costs of damage to Europe’s critical infrastructure by...

Annual damage to Europe’s critical infrastructure may increase tenfold this century
news
EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach

Europe’s leading public-private innovation initiative focused on climate change...

EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach