AMS REALCOOL Amsterdam

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Description

Urban designers tend to think that introducing more water bodies such as canals, retention pools or ponds in cities would cool the air temperature in the cities. However, recent urban meteorological research has indicated that the cooling effect of most common water bodies in cities during warm summer periods often converts into a warming effect during the night Yet, there are hints that shading, vaporizing water and ventilation might help to keep water bodies and their environment cool.
The main goal of our research is to provide the design professionals with design prototypes of water bodies and their environment that actually do cool the cities. We study this with a ‘research through design’ methodology.

Layman's description

Urban designers tend to think that introducing more water bodies such as canals, retention pools or ponds in cities would cool the air temperature in the cities. However, recent urban meteorological research has indicated that the cooling effect of most common water bodies in cities during warm summer periods often converts into a warming effect during the night Yet, there are hints that shading, vaporizing water and ventilation might help to keep water bodies and their environment cool.
The main goal of our research is to provide the design professionals with design prototypes of water bodies and their environment that actually do cool the cities. We study this with a ‘research through design’ methodology.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/162/09/18