Climate protection is one of the main challenges facing our cities, especially our historic districts. In light of the growing need for urban densification and greater utilization of existing spaces, cities are increasingly coming under pressure: socially, politically, ecologically, and in regard to their architectural heritage.
The declared aim of the German federal government is to reduce carbon in the built environment to almost zero by 2050. But what consequences does this have for the management of historic urban districts? How can contradictions between maintaining cherished buildings, that are worthy of preservation, and ecological goals be reconciled? Can the energy transition and heritage conservation be harmonized? And what role do the decision-makers play – above all the local authorities – in achieving the energy targets?
The publication unites texts by leading scientists and professionals. By presenting specific case studies, it attempts to provide answers from a wide range of different perspectives and to point out effective actions.