Comfort at the Extremes

Wed, Apr 10 - Thu, Apr 11
Heriot Watt University, Dubai

Energy, Economy, and Climate
Heriot Watt University, Dubai,
10–11 April 2019

In the face of an ever more extreme climate the world is calling urgently for answers to questions of how people can stay not only comfortable, but also thermally safe and healthy in a warming world. Current and future temperature trends and events threaten not only buildings, settlements and cities but also the temporary settlements built to cope them such transient populations.

For the first time ever, we are gathering leading international figures from many fields to discuss crucial questions and ways forward on how to best provide Comfort at the Extremes in the complex political and economic environments we occupy.

Building on our premier global networks on multi-disciplinary Comfort research (see: and ) we are reaching out to researchers, governments, organisations and industries affected by extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, to look in detail at the nature and scale of the challenge, possible solutions and future opportunities. We will also explore the means to hand to build the more resilient buildings, operations and infra-structures we need to be able to withstand growing extremes. The greatest architectural challenge of our age is to design for an evolving ‘New Comfort Normal’ for buildings and cities as the world warms and ensure that people can occupy it.

Where better to explore the subject than in one of the hottest regions in the world, The Gulf, where the impacts of global warming can prove challenging on a daily basis? Hosted by Heriot Watt University working with a great team of researchers from across the Middle East and beyond, CATE 19 will be a landmark conference dealing with design issues in both high and low temperatures. Please Join us to start and develop a globally important conversation on the ‘comfort at the extremes’.