Thermal comfort in outdoor places a multicultural perception

Kenawy, lnji 2012, Thermal comfort in outdoor places a multicultural perception, in PLEA 2012 : Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture : Opportunities, limits & needs, PLEA, [Lima, Peru], pp. 1-6.

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Title Thermal comfort in outdoor places a multicultural perception
Author(s) Kenawy, lnji
Conference name Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Conference (28th : 2012 : Lima, Peru)
Conference location Lima, Peru
Conference dates 7-9 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings PLEA 2012 : Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture : Opportunities, limits & needs
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher PLEA
Place of publication [Lima, Peru]
Keyword(s) thermal comfort
urban places
multicultural cities
cultural aspects (diversity)
thermal adaptation
Summary The outdoor places are receiving more importance being contributing in the social cohesion and sustainability within societies. Providing comfortable sustainable urban places is an important factor affecting their success especially in multicultural areas where climatic conditions are perceived differently according to the diversity of users. Different design elements such as design form proved to be able to improve the outdoor thermal comfort. However, the integration of the climate dimension in the design process of outdoor places is lacking due to insufficient interdisciplinary work between urban climatology, and urban design. The main aim of the research is to examine the influence of cultural and climatic background on users’ thermal sensation and comfort within the same context. The methodology of the research is provided through quantitative analysis of a case study in Melbourne, Australia as one of the global cities characterized by the diversity and plurality of its population. The case study approach is adopted in order to examine the users’ thermal comfort within its contextual variables. Multiple sources of evidence such as climate measurements, questionnaires and observations are used to ensure the validity of results. The findings are to contribute to the quality and equality of design for outdoor urban places.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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