Microclimate perception analysis through cognitive mapping

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Outdoor thermal comfort is not only determined by microclimate, but also by perceptual factors. As environmental psychology has brought forward, people develop cognitive ¿schemata¿ about the physical settings they are exposed to. It can be assumed that this mechanism influences thermal perception as well. To investigate this question a research project has been conducted in Dutch urban public spaces. This firstly revealed that people¿s long-term microclimate experience is predominantly based on more extreme microclimate situations and secondly that people assign microclimate schemata to certain spatial configurations. Microclimate perception in relation to spatial perception often matches quite well with physical reality, but this is not always the case. Therefore, these results question the purely physical methods (measurements or simulations) normally used to map microclimate preceding urban redesign projects. To calibrate the physical approach with an experiential approach to thermal comfort a cognitive mapping method is proposed. This time- efficient method can be similar to the one used in the research project described in this paper and brings about easily usable results for the urban designer because they are explicit and place-related
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventTowards Zero Enery Building, PLEA 2008 -
Duration: 22 Oct 200824 Oct 2008


ConferenceTowards Zero Enery Building, PLEA 2008

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