Resilient Urban Planning and Development (RUPD) GbR is a company based in Germany founded by Parisa Kloss in 2013 to provide architectural design, urban planning as well as training and capacity building services to local communities, governmental and private sectors, NGOs and academic entities in national and international levels.
The main goal of RUPD is to integrate climate change adaptation to extreme weather events into urban planning and design process. RUPD helps to upgrade urban planning strategies and buildings’ performance according to future climate scenarios. It strives to accomplish projects with the best conditions for a resilient and long-lasting development. In order to achieve the goal effectively, an interconnected approach to the unique and dynamic changes is applied.
The idea of RUPD is to respect local traditions and their identities as well as long-term partnership, strategic planning, communication, and commitment. According to these ideas, it tries to involve local and international partners equally to not only create answers to the complex and continuous changes of the urban environment, but also benefit each group with “Know-How” transfer. Working together with these partners enables us to create and elaborate innovative and practical solutions in a way that they can be replicated on a broader scale. We try to create an innovative method for effective communication and sustained engagement between local, national and global actors. We develop a common language for different actors and help thereby to improve the internal and external communication professionally. In our collaborations, we are committed to our partners and the communities affected by the problems on a long-term basis.
The vision of RUPD is to extend its planning and design strategies and become internationally recognized for a comprehensive and integrated approach to utilize its multidisciplinary qualifications to provide a resilient and sustainable urban environment.
The mission of RUPD is to create a friendly urban environment and understand the complex urban transformations as opportunities to shift towards a resilient and sustainable future via its services.
URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
Designing buildings with high climatic performance
Parisa Kloss is a trained architect and urban designer and planner with 18 years of experience in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Resilient Urban Planning and Development (RUPD) GbR in 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
Parisa is an expert in urban climate change planning; urban heat island effects; climate adaptive/intelligent cities; mitigation and adaptation strategies; and sustainable and resilient urban planning.
She was a post-doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute für Meteorologie. She holds a PhD in urban climate with focus on ''urban heat island'' from The National University of Malaysia (UKM) and studied her Master and Bachelor in architecture in Iran.
Parisa also teaches simultaneously in Germany and abroad universities as an external lecturer and successfully organized plenty of workshops, training courses and Urban Thinker Campuses of the World Urban Campaign, an initiative of UN-Habitat, to transfer know-how and build the capacity and strengthen the skills of the various stakeholders to take climate action.
WORLD URBAN CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING AND ASSEMBLY OF PARTNERS
World Urban Campaign partners and steering committee gathered together at World Urban Forum 11 to discuss their plans for the next 2 years as well as meeting Mr. Neil Khor, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat
LECTURE ON URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECTS AT GIZ MOROCCO
Parisa Kloss was honoured to be invited by GIZ Morocco to discuss and speak about ''The Urban Heat Island Effect and Adaptation Strategies''
02 March 2022
Rabat, Morocco (online)
SECOND KUALA LUMPUR URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS 2022 (KLUTC2022), WORLD URBAN CAMPAIGN
RUPD was honoured to be one of the main partners and organizers of the 2d Kuala Lumpur UTC 2022 titled ''Implementation of Urban Climate Change Action Plan in Kuala Lumpur''. Cooperation between RUPD, Mannheim City, Urbanice Malaysia, UKM
DEVELOPING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR UNPLANNED AREAS IN CAIRO TO COMBAT URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECTS
RUPD is working on integrating greenery into unplanned areas in Cairo by designing a chain of cooling public spaces to provide urban thermal comfort and boost rehabilitation along the Nile and re-establish high quality urban life
READ MORE (coming soon)
11 November 2021
UN-HABITAT INNOVATE4CITIES 2021 CONFERENCE: INCLUSIVE, RESILIENT AND CLIMATE NEUTRAL CITIES
Parisa Kloss was honoured to be selected as one of the speakers at ''Data-Driven Modelling for Cooler Cities'' session at UN-Habitat Innovate4Cities conference which focuses on the nexus between science, practice and innovation, vital to realizing ambitious climate action
DEVELOPING ''5-DIMENSIONAL CLIMATE+SCENARIO MODEL'' TO COUNTERMEASURE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT
RUPD is working on developing a model to provide a platform to document the status quo of climate stress, predict the improvement potential of future planning, assess their climatic impacts on surrounding areas by placing the new designs into the model and serve as a base for future construction permit
RUPD was honoured to be one of the main partners and organizers of India UTC 2020 titled ''Think innovAte aCT For Urban cLimate change (TACTFUL)''. Cooperation between RUPD, VNIT, Keio University, RIKA, Nagpur Municipality
URBAN THINKER CAMPUS EVENT AT WORLD URBAN FORUM 10 ORGANIZED BY UN-HABITAT
Parisa Kloss was delighted and honoured to be invited
as one of the panelists in ''Urban Thinker Campus Event'' at WUF10 organized by UN-Habitat
12 February 2020
Abu Dhabi, UAE
RUPD PARTICIPATED AT WORLD URBAN FORUM 10
RUPD participated at WUF10 organized by UN-Habitat
07-14 February 2020
Abu Dhabi, UAE
PARTNER MEETING FOR KLUTC2019 ORGANIZATION AT KUALA LUMPUR CITY HALL
Meeting partners for the last arrangements and organization of KLUTC2019 at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)
27 November 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PROPOSAL APPROVED BY WORLD URBAN CAMPAIGN FOR ORGANIZING KUALA LUMPUR URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS 2019
Kuala Lumpur Urban Thinkers Campus proposal titled ''Combating the Urban Climate Change in South East Asia: Towards Implementation of New Urban Agenda'' has been approved by World Urban Campaign, UN-Habitat
RUPD WON FIRST PRIZE AT TEHRAN WORLD AWARD ORGANIZED BY TEHRAN MUNICIPALITY
First prize in Proposal Category titled "A Step Towards Urban Resilience: Development of Planning Principles and Architectural Design with Implementation Guidelines to Improve the Climatic Function of Buildings in Tehran City''
14 December 2015
RUPD'S PUBLICATION IN DESIGNER MAGAZINE
A paper titled ''From Stability to Dynamic: Urban Resilience and Sustainability'' (in Persian) written by Parisa Kloss published in Designer Magazine, No.11, Summer 2015
20 August 2015
RUPD PARTICIPATED IN SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE
Speech by Parisa Kloss at ''Symposium on Sustainability and Resilience'' organized by Designer Magazine
SMART CITIES: CRITICAL DEBATES ON BIG DATA, URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
A chapter of the book has been written by Parisa Kloss titled ''The interaction between intelligence and resilience of cities''. It discusses successful factors and obstacles that cities are facing to develop smart city.
LOCALIZING SDGS RELATED TO URBAN CLIMATE CHANGE IN KUALA LUMPUR
RUPD collaborated with the National University of Malaysia on publishing a book. We used ''City WORKS Tool'' to localize SDGs related to urban climate change in KL. The tool has been developed by GIZ Bonn.
Virtual meeting with Malaysian partners (UKM, Urbanice and KPKT) for ''KL Integrated and innovative sustainable Measures to mitigAte urban heaT island Effects (KLIMATE)'' project
02 April 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysaia (Online)
''LAB CITIES 4.5: ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE SMART CITY'' AT WORLD URBAN FORUM 10
Parisa Kloss was honoured to be among the panelist in ''Lab City 4.5: Accelerating Sustainable Smart City'' at WUF10 organized by Urbanice Malaysia
11 February 2020
Abu Dhabi, UAE
KUALA LUMPUR URBAN THINKER CAMPUS 2019 (KLUTC2019) WORLD URBAN CAMPAIGN
RUPD was honoured to be one of the main partners and organizers of KLUTC2019 titled ''Combating the Urban Climate Change in South East Asia: Towards Implementation of New Urban Agenda''. Cooperation between RUPD, UKM, DBKL, KPKT, Urbanice Malaysia, GIZ
KICK OFF MEETING AT MINISTRY OF URBAN WELLBEING, HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA
Kick off meeting for our project titled ''Optimization of Climatic Performance of Urban Areas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia'' with Secretary General of Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government
13 January 2017
LECTURE AT CAIRO UNIVERSITY, ARCHITECTURAL DEPARTMENT
Lecture by Parisa Kloss on “Impacts of Urban Parameters on Micro-Climate Changes'' at Cairo University, Architectural Department
04 September 2016
RUPD'S PROJECT PROPOSAL AWARDED AT HAFEN UNIVERSITY HAMBURG
Project proposal titled ''Optimization of Climatic Performance of Urban Areas in Hamburg to decrease energy consumption and adapt to climate change'' awarded at Hafencity University for 3 months research project
15 August - 15 November 2016
RUPD'S INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES FOR ACADEMIA AT TEHRAN UNIVERSITY
RUPD's intensive courses on “Climate Adaptive Architecture and Urban Planning countering Urban Climate Change“ at Tehran University
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