Technical, planning and financial implementation of a
coolspot network – with special focus on vulnerable
A healthy, cool urban climate is one of the most essential commons of our present society. Therefore the project goal the creation of so-called coolspots, i.e. multifunctional cooling oases in the urban open space.
In the first phase of the project is the development and implementation of two prototype demo coolspots, on a public and a semi-public surface. The involvement of neighbour’s and vulnerable groups is provided. Microclimatic simulation, material innovations and local energy production will be part of the project. In the second step, a concept for a citywide coolspot network as well as financing models going to be developed.
The project title “Tröpferlbad 2.0” refers to the first public baths in Vienna. As a welfare institution, these were a blessing to health and a timely response to the problems of the urban population of the 19th century. The coolspots are said to be like the “Tröpferlbäder”, giving the today’s population a cool off in the hot season and responding to their individual needs.
The findings, which are going to be collected during the design, construction and monitoring activities of the demo coolspots, will provide a technical and social proof of concept, which will serve as a basis for scaling the coolspots across the entire city. An integration into the development plans of the city is planned, there should be at least integration in the STEP. The present project will serve as the first implementation measure in the framework of the inter-branch INKA program of the City of Vienna, but also in private or semi-private initiatives such as the Grätzloasen of the LA21 as adaptation measures to climate change.
In addition to the technical, architectural, procedural and participatory approach, the development of different financing options for the implementation of coolspots represents an innovative aspect of the project.
The objectives of the project are the development of functional, technical and procedural plans as well as instructions for the implementation of a dynamically condensing network of citywide coolspots within a timeframe of 10 years.
The project “Tröpferlbad 2.0” is therefore a successful, implementable and scalable connection between man, nature and architecture in urban space and should be a starting point for the transferability to other cities in Austria and beyond.
Further information is available in German or please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
period: April 2019 – March 2022
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
Magistratsabteilung 18 der Stadt Wien
ÖGUT – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Technik
Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH
ROCKETS Holding GmbH
Wien Energie GmbH
Die Treiber e.U.
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Klima- und Energiefonds
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)