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The doors of dynamic thermal perception: towards environmental quality in urban design

Vasilikou, C. (2019) The doors of dynamic thermal perception: towards environmental quality in urban design. In: Aletta, F. and Xiao, J. (eds.) Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design. IGI Global, pp. 182-205. ISBN 9781522536376

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To link to this item DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3637-6

Abstract/Summary

The thermal experience of people moving in urban spaces in everyday life is characterised by multiple qualities and perceptions. This seamless transition from one perception to another in itself creates a multisensory network of dynamic thermal boundaries, which could act as assessment mechanism in the way we perceive quality of urban space and urban design. Using a hybrid methodology of situated interactions between thermal perception, microclimate and urban morphology this chapter builds a simulated narrative of the everyday, perceptions and ‘haptics’ of moving in urban spaces taking into account both physical and non-physical spaces, exploring the sensory potential and thermal dimension of urban wandering. This approach contributes in understanding the link between environmental quality in urban spaces and urban microclimate, proposing a series of design tools for multisensory assessment, with thermal perception as a starting point for the creation of high quality city spaces.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Architecture
ID Code:83106
Uncontrolled Keywords:Comfort, Urban Design, Thermal Walk, Environmental Quality, Urban Microclimate, Sensory Notation, Pedestrian Movement, Complex Urban Morphology, Walking, Spatial Sequence, A. Potvin, M. Nikolopoulou, S. Lenzholzer
Publisher:IGI Global

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