Nicosia Aerial V2

Climate Change Hot Spot: Future’s Extremes

Nicosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and only inland city of this Eastern Mediterranean island, has been continuously inhabited for over 4500 years—ever since the area’s very first inhabitants settled along the fertile plain of the Pedieos River. Today, Nicosia is projected to become a climate change “hotspot” in the foreseeable future. Projected environmental changes will bring a higher number of extreme weather event: such as urban flooding from high-intensity rainstorms, prolonged heat waves with enhanced urban warming, deteriorating air quality due to atmospherically transported desert dust, and pollutant influx from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. This project visualizes forthcoming conditions of heat, dust and floods for both the population living in the historical center of Nicosia within the mid-16th Venetian fortifications, and in the built environment of greater Nicosia’s metropolitan area. Such scenarios illustrate the implications of climate adversity and the urgent need to design adaptive urban systems not only for Nicosia, but for all of the evolving “hot spot” cities of the region.