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Urban microclimate : designing the spaces between buildings

Author: Evyatar Erell; David Pearlmutter; T J Williamson
Publisher: London ; Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The quality of life of millions of people living in cities could be improved if the form of the city were to evolve in a manner appropriate to its climatic context. Climatically responsive urban design is vital to any notion of sustainability: it enables individual buildings to make use of renewable energy sources for passive heating and cooling, it enhances pedestrian comfort and activity in outdoor spaces, and it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Evyatar Erell; David Pearlmutter; T J Williamson
ISBN: 9781844074679 1844074676
OCLC Number: 528411197
Description: xviii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Scales of climatic study --
The urban energy balance --
The urban heat island --
Urban airflow --
The energy balance of a human being in an urban space --
Thermal preferences --
Application of climatology in urban planning and design --
Microclimate design strategies in urban space --
Vegetation --
Linear space --
Modelling the urban microclimate --
Case study 1: Neve Zin --
Case study 2: Clarke Quay.
Other Titles: Designing the spaces between buildings
Responsibility: Evyatar Erell, David Pearlmutter, and Terry Williamson.

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