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Summer in the City

Klimaanpassung im Bestand als Zeitproblem des Umweltrechts

Rike Sinder

Cities are particularly prone to climate change: a high degree of soil sealing, a dense population and little vegetation lead to hot summers in cities. Climate adaptation is thus considered a more and more pressing need. Like climate change, climate adaptation challenges the “concept of time” espoused in traditional environmental law. It is “timeless” and based on a notion of the “great ecological transformation” (Klaus Ferdinand Gärditz). This article argues, however, that this timelessness does not conflict with the idea of democratic self-determination but rather furthers it. Climate adaptation planning is – in the existing legal framework – the only means to confine the equally timeless grandfathering of buildings under construction law.

Dr. Rike Sinder, M.A., ist Habilitandin am Institut für Staatswissenschaft und Rechtsphilosophie, Abteilung 3: Rechtstheorie (Prof. Dr. Matthias Jestaedt), der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Der Beitrag geht auf einen Vortrag zurück, der in der Interdisziplinären Vortragsreihe Nachhaltigkeit der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg am 13.7.2022 gehalten wurde.


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