transgenerational AR climate voyage through time and space
powered by Impact House, City of Pula, Gamechuck and Terra Hub
What is CLIME?
The initiative aims at bridging the gap between science and technology on the one hand, and arts and culture on the other, under the scope of sustainability and citizen education and engagement.
The purpose is inverting the relationships between city and nature by conceptualising cities in the natural environment by providing a gamified (AR) mobile app for youth (and the public) where they can “clime” both physically through nature and culturally through the relationship of nature to culture as experiences by our elders.
Why did we start the CLIME project?
In modern society, there is accelerated climate change, unfavourable conditions and negative factors that affect the preservation of heritage and nature.
While we perceive our cultural heritage as precious and connected to the community, climate and climate change fall victim of diffusion of responsibility.
Therefore by connecting the two, by showing the effects climate has on our way of living in a lifetime of one person, we can make significant shifts in the way people relate to climate change as well as different generations in a given society.
Thus, the CLIME project was designed in order to optimize heritage experiences to climate resilience and the recent experience of climate and connected cultural change and adaptation.
Why it is important to talk about climate change through transgenerational interaction?
- In Western culture, disconnected living “devalues” people as they age. More precisely, the generation gap is extremely pronounced, with the elderly being socially excluded and their knowledge and experience, once shared and passed on in families and small communities, lost.
- The transgenerational transfer of knowledge has been forgotten and with it the experience of the effect of rapid climate change on a human’s life experience and the way of living, in the process losing valuable social capital and resources to preserve both climate and cultural heritage as interconnected.
- As people flock to the cities they often forget the more sustainable way of living that their ancestors used to ensure they could farm each year and use the natural resources around them. They used these natural resources in their everyday lives, to fulfil their basic needs such as food, shelter and warmth.
- While public spaces are among the most vulnerable areas to climatic hazards, they entail relevant characteristics for adaptation efforts. As such, public space design can lead to effective adaptation undertakings, explicitly influencing urban design practices as we know them.
- Cultural heritage offers immense and virtually untapped potential to drive climate action. Realizing that potential, however, requires both better recognition of the cultural dimensions of climate change and adjusting the aims and methodologies of heritage practice. According to sociological and anthropological research, elderly residents’ memories can be a valuable source of information about the intangible aspects of cultural heritage and climate change.
- Reinventing things that have already existed is an issue in the recent increase in investing in innovation especially in order to live plastic-free and more sustainable lives. Listening to our elders and how they lived before plastic was invented can save us valuable resources.
So what will the CLIME project involve?
The CLIME brings together narratives about climate change and the way of living in Pula several decades ago.
Anthropological research among the elderly residents of the city of Pula (and its surroundings) who shared their experiences and stories – stories that are part of a global database on climate change and sustainability.
Based on the collected stories, we’ll create a map of Pula and the “CLIME” AR mobile app.
Meet the characters from the AR app at the high-level event in Pula in December 2021.
Download the free AR mobile app, get the physical map of Pula, and enjoy the “Climate Voyage Through Time and Space” game.
Meet the characters, enjoy their stories, and explore Pula through the “CLIME” AR mobile app.
For the research database in Pula (Croatia) please click here.
Meet the first CLIME locality in the world
- Pula’s geographical area amounts to 5,165 hectares (12,760 acres), 4,159 hectares (10,280 acres) on land and 1,015 hectares (2,510 acres) at sea. Pula is the largest city in Istria County, with a metropolitan area of 90,000 people.
- The area of Istria certainly stands out with its specific soil-climatic conditions that have affected the course of life and mostly in food production. The Mediterranean culture of food stands out as specific precisely because of the climatic conditions, as along the entire Croatian coast. These anthropogenic legacies left behind and modified over the millennia constitute cultural heritage.
- The City of Pula is a karst environment that poses some natural risks, such as collapse hazards and water contamination that need to be considered in any type of planning process as well as the inability to grow traditional food.