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Qualitative methods to explore thermo-spatial perception in outdoor urban spaces

Lenzholzer a, Sanda, Klemm, Wiebke, Vasilikou, Karolina (2016) Qualitative methods to explore thermo-spatial perception in outdoor urban spaces. Urban Climate, 23 . pp. 231-249. ISSN 2212-0955. (doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2016.10.003) (KAR id:60439)

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To be able to design thermally comfortable urban spaces, designers require design guidelines that respond to people's thermal and spatial perception. This thermo-spatial perception is influenced by a range of dimensions: the nature and scale of spatial contexts, the kinetic state of the people and the time scale of their perception ('now' or 'the past'). Recently, novel qualitative methods have been developed to link thermal and spatial information of people's perception. To attain an overview of these methods we conducted an extensive literature review. The results show that these qualitative methods respond to the different dimensions by combinations of momentary and long-term thermal perception research in stationary mode and in motion in varying spatial environments. These qualitative methods deliver explicit combination of thermal and spatial information. Based on that evidence, new knowledge relevant to urban design of thermally comfortable urban spaces can be generated.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.uclim.2016.10.003
Uncontrolled keywords: Thermal comfort; Urban design; Spatial perception; Cognitive map; Thermal walk; Review
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Christine Buckley
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 11:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:43 UTC
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