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1.18 - Thermal retrofitting of public spaces in compact urban areas. A bioclimatic approach

Project Description

This research is developed around the hypothesis that a methodology supporting the development of thermal retrofitting proposals for public spaces in compact urban areas based on ‘cool’ materials and vegetation, on a bioclimatic perspective, can help becoming knowledge on bioclimatic urban design more operational. This research started by identifying a problem, defining the research question and associated hypothesis, and by undertaking a literature review. The hypothesis was subsequently built and tested through a case study; the development of a methodology for the thermal retrofitting of public spaces in compact urban areas; and the validation of the proposed methodology. The research finishes concluding about the capacity of the proposed methodology to contribute to the know-how on the adaptation of the built environment to the substantial warming in temperature extremes brought by climate change, and to the consolidation of bioclimatic urban design practice.

Research Team

Prof. Fernando Brandão Alves (supervisor)

Prof. Joanne Patterson (co-supervisor) - Architectural Science Group / Welsh School of Architecture

João Granadeiro Cortesão

Financial Support

FCT - SFRH/BD/44417/2008

Stage of Progress

Concluded in 2013
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