REALCOOL, Really cooling water bodies in cities

Project: PostDoc

Project Details


In many cities climate change calls for adaptation. Peak rains will increase and urban heat problems will be exacerbated. Especially in inner city areas that often form urban heat islands, these climate problems need to be solved. It was believed that urban water bodies help to ease warm periods. Recent research shows that this is often not the case. But there are hints that when properly designed, water environments could be really cooling. We will study which configurations of shading, evaporation and ventilation objects around the water bodies will create thermal comfort. We will also test such new water environments on their visual appeal and their fit with other urban functions. The outcome of the ‘Research Through Design’ are design prototypes for ‘really cool urban water bodies’ to be implemented by urban design professionals.
Effective start/end date1/09/161/09/18