2. Siesta Century

By 2070, daytime living conditions are difficult, and have resulted in adaptive reforms to built form and working hours. Despite best efforts, average temperatures have risen 2.5 degrees.

In Northern Australia, we have entered the 21st century siesta mode; the middle of the day is reserved for rest, and a night-time economy and social life is the norm. Mornings and twilight are the order of the day, so to speak.

Some questions to think about:

  1. How will hotter temperatures affect our hours of work and rest? Can “siestas” even be enforced, or would enforcing “siestas” be counterproductive?
  2. What can be done to moderate the impact of general warming in specific localities? Will there be discernible heat sinks in the city? Will daylight saving be a help or a hindrance?
  3. How will hotter days impact on the general wellbeing of our community? Will it affect the health of our ageing population?
  4. If changes to work hours are necessary to mitigate the worst of rising temperatures, how will public services be affected? What impact will this have on schooling hours?

One thought on “2. Siesta Century”

  1. Siesta unlikely to take off. Instead extensive shade covers, including solar PV will be needed. Siesta implies long summer nights so Mediterranean rather than Tropical. Suits and ties should be gone though.


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