Creating prototypes for cooling urban water bodies

João Cortesão, S. Lenzholzer, Lisette Klok, C.M.J. Jacobs, Jeroen Kluck

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper


When addressing urban heat problems, climateconscious
urban design has been assuming
that urban water bodies such as canals, ditches
or ponds cool down their surroundings. Recent
research shows that this is not necessarily the
case and that urban water bodies may actually
have a warming e!ect, particularly during late
summer season nights. There are however
indications that water can have a cooling
potential if brought together with the right
shading, evaporation and ventilation strategies.
Yet, it is not clear how this should be achieved.
Knowledge on such spatial configurations should
thus be developed and made available to design
practice. This challenge is directly addressed by
the “REALCOOL” project, a research aiming to
define design prototypes showing the physical
processes behind the e!ective cooling potential
of urban water bodies, that design professionals
can take as conceptual design frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECLAS Conference 2017 Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2017
EventCreation/Reaction: ECLAS 2017 Conference - Greenwhich University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201713 Sep 2017


ConferenceCreation/Reaction: ECLAS 2017 Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Climate adaptation
  • Urban design
  • water bodies
  • outdoor thermal sensation
  • prototypes

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    Cortesão, J., Lenzholzer, S., Klok, L., Jacobs, C. M. J., & Kluck, J. (2017). Creating prototypes for cooling urban water bodies. In ECLAS Conference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 349-364)