Learning Lab

Masterplanning and the Drive to Achieve Total Human Comfort

Masterplanning and the Drive to Achieve Total Human Comfort


The ideal of total comfort is one that considers the full experience of a pedestrian in the Urban Realm.  They are exposed to sound, wind, odors, glare, heat, vibration to name a few.  A person’s senses can all be assailed by the conditions in the urban realm as well as nurtured.  When done well, a truly biophilic experience can be created.

By definition, the construction of a building creates a microclimate that is associated with the presence of the building itself. The building creates shade, changes wind flows and reflects light and noise.  These in turn affect other factors such as sand transport, rain penetration, glare, and heat island.  These features have both a local impact and can affect neighboring buildings too.  Therefore, any building can be configured to create a better microclimate.  A collection of buildings on a campus can create a larger zone of improved microclimate.  Hence there are larger opportunities to create excellent spaces when masterplanning; but also a chance of greater disappointment when creating quality outdoor space is neglected.

This seminar describes strategies and processes for designing and harnessing the microclimate around buildings.  Different approaches to thermal comfort will be discussed and not one strategy meets all. Examples of good soundscapes and reduced odors will also be included. The seminar will start with a short discussion of methods to analyze meteorology as well as a quick discussion on metrics for thermal comfort, acoustics, odor, glare, etc.  This will then lead to examples by which the microclimate around buildings can be manipulated to enhance the experience of people around those buildings.  Examples from projects across the globe in hot climates will be used.

Learning Objectives

  • To describe the competing and sometimes contradictory requirements of different parameters in the urban realm and how to manage these to achieve satisfactory levels of air quality, natural ventilation, and wind / thermal comfort, for example.
  • To identify means for improving thermal comfort within the public realm using different massing, building adjacencies and topologies, etc. to manipulate wind and shade.
  • To see how massing influences odor transport and noise and tips to deal with glare.
  • To understand how biophilic principals can be scored within the urban realm

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