PhD Candidate - AA School in London, UK / Master of Architecture in Urban Design - Harvard University, USA / Degree in Architecture - UPV, Spain
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More on climates and citiesThe study of climate in cities has focused on the
effects of urban environments on climate. In this field, researchers have investigated
small-scale processes such as atmospheric turbulence generated by buildings,
and large-scale processes such as the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. However,
little research has studied the influence of climate in the social environment
of cities. What is not yet understood is the importance of climate in people’s
behaviour in cities. By understanding how people experience climatic
conditions, architects could improve the design of urban public spaces to
enhance their use and therefore foster integration and improve quality of life
in cities. A more integrated view of architecture and climate could
generate more stimulating environments and ...
Posted Jan 28, 2015, 2:22 AM by Patricia Martin
PLEA 2013 Conference in MunichLast week I attended the international PLEA 2013 conference where I presented the paper Weather Perception in Urban Public Spaces (which you can find at the bottom of the page). The 29th edition of this conference took place in Munich, Germany, with the subtitle Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future. The conference invited scientists, planners, architects, engineers, stakeholders, entrepreneurs and students from around the world to present and discuss holistic, quality-based approaches to future challenges in architecture and planning. The organization of the event was brilliantly run by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Lang and the rest of the team at the Technische Universitat Muenchen (TUM). Thanks for the terrific dinner! View of Munich from to the top floor of ...
Posted Sep 19, 2013, 3:32 AM by Patricia Martin
Environmental perceptionClimate is a fundamental part of the city as it forms an essential part of its image and identity. Moreover, climatic conditions have a great influence on the way we perceive our environment. Any change in the weather, time of the day or the point of view influences their understanding and perception. The same scenario can be completely different depending on the atmospheric conditions. THEREFORE, OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENT IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS. The built, social and climatic environments of cities are intrinsically related. All three influence one another, creating multiple situations. This relationship is most patent in public spaces. INDEED, FOR PUBLIC LIFE TO HAPPEN, A SPECIFIC SOCIAL, BUILT AND CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENT IS NEEDED. I am ...
Posted Jun 12, 2013, 9:48 AM by Patricia Martin