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August 1, 2023 86 mins

Mattheos Santamouris, the Anita Lawrence Professor of High Performance Architecture at the University of New South Wales, Australia, discusses the impending overheating crisis due to global climatic change that we are facing, his outlook and perhaps the most urgent strategy for counteracting and adapting to it.

Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Breaking Sweat by Balloon Planet (Check out more of their tunes over at Soundcloud:

0:00 Intro
1:11 Guest Introduction
1:35 Greece Travel Tips
3:47 Mat’s passion for travelling
4:52 Different environments for character shaping
7:00 Mat’s experience in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
7:58 Direct transfer of technology is suicide
8:36 Long-term implications of urbanization and climate change
11:16 The housing crisis and decarbonization
13:32 Economic impacts of urban overheating
16:23 Health impacts of urban overheating
17:18 Environmental impacts of urban overheating
18:23 It’s a financial and economic problem, not technological
20:04 Bigger problem in the global south
25:54 What is high-performance architecture?
27:57 Decarbonizing sustainably
33:43 From physicist to high-performance architecture
36:17 Energy poverty
39:57 The journey of research implementation
43:50 An important principle for research integrity
44:57 The role of markets and green investments
53:17 Cool materials
1:00:45 Integrating mitigation tech in cities
1:04:17 How cool materials were initially implemented?
1:10:30 Q&A Start
1:10:43 If you had a magic wand?
1:11:35 Key event, person, book
1:13:51 Biggest challenge in career to date
1:17:22 Time management
1:18:50 Advice for young researchers
1:24:19 Where can people reach you?
1:25:03 Final Message
1:25:35 Outro

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