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The impact of cultural and climatic background on thermal sensation votes

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Inji Kenawy, Hisham Elkadi
The increasing number of migration and the creation of multicultural cities have generated a new challenge for urban designers. The design of shared, welcoming and well utilised urban open places is important in order to promote inclusion, interaction, belonging, and diversity within cities. Thermal comfort is directly related to the users' attitude and behaviour in outdoor places. Fulfilling the comfort needs for users having a variety of cultural and climatic backgrounds needs therefore to be taken into consideration. Microclimatic parameters strongly affect thermal sensation, however, physical, physiological and psychological adaptation have also proven to have significant influence. The satisfaction with the thermal environment does not only depend on the place, but also on personal variables people bring to that place with them. The paper investigates the role of the culture and climatic background of users' in the complex relationships between microclimate, thermal adaptation factors and human behaviour in open public places. The paper aims to understand the influence of users' cultural and climatic background variations on their thermal needs and usage of the outdoor places. Climatic measurements, surveys and observations were carried out in Federation square in Melbourne along the year to examine thermal comfort and patterns of behaviours of users having different cultural origins. Quantitative analysis is used to examine the influence of culture and climatic background of the users' on thermal sensations and adaptation factors. The findings contribute to guiding the design of outdoor public places in multicultural cities.

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1 - 6

Location

Munich, Germany

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  • Yes

Start date

2013-09-10

End date

2013-09-12

Language

eng

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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2013, PLEA

Editor/Contributor(s)

W Lang

Title of proceedings

PLEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 29th Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future Conference

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