Environmental comfort and urban spaces

Benedetti, Cristina, Leone, Giuliana, Di Palma, Diana, Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 and Ratajczak, Julia (2011) Environmental comfort and urban spaces. In: World Sustainable Building Conference SB11 Helsinki, 18-21 October 2011, Helsinki, Finland. ISSN 0356-9403 ISBN 9789517585316

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Abstract

Nowadays, people are used to spend most of their time in urban spaces. Guaranteeing comfortable spaces is then an important goal in the urban planning since the micro-climatic conditions strongly influence the use of public spaces. The ‘Thermal Comfort’ becomes an important component of urban planning. In literature, ‘Thermal Comfort’ is defined as 'the condition of mind which expresses satisfaction with the... environment’[1]. Hence, this design goal has a very high level of complexity due to the interaction between the physiological acclimatization of individuals and the physical parameters characterizing the micro-climatic context. How is it possible to modify urban spaces to make them more comfortable? Can a new methodology of analysis and design based on the comfort definition that will be suitable for different climate contexts be introduced? Should the outdoor environment be designed in order to assure occupants’ comfort and health? The present work is then going to discuss a methodology for outdoor spaces analysis and design that is aimed to achieve comfortable conditions in urban spaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Constructed Environments
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 15:22
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 15:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8839

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