WHAT WE ADDRESS
Climate is the primary factor that facilitates the use of public spaces. Cities shape the microclimate and microclimate shapes how people use the city. In particular, microclimate describes the conditions that human beings continuously experience through their senses. Microclimate most drastically affects conditions in cities, the places where society, economy, and environment converge. Where walkability, comfort, and health are the most substantial indicators of how people occupy and use public spaces and consequently, of the quality of the public realm.
Changes in the microclimate have a particularly large impact on city dwellers as they are more exposed to the discomforting factors in urban spaces. This results in everyday challenges and a high impact on the wellbeing of hundreds of millions of citizens around the globe.
The use of public space is co-shaped by environmental and social conditions. The influence of thermal comfort on outdoor activities is a complex issue comprising both climatic and behavioral aspects. Analyzing and assessing these conditions demands not only innovative computational methods and tools but also the exploration of new sources of information.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Public space is the place where social life, economic activity, and equal access converge. Lively public spaces encourage interactions between communities and people, promoting diversity and collaboration and are imperative for a thriving society. Hence, the quality of public spaces is a fundamental factor in the creation of vibrant cities. This is achievable by providing the environmental conditions that allow equal access, comfort, and health conditions to everyone.
HOW WE DO IT
We highlight the interactions between microclimate and people’s presence, for improving the quality of the urban experience through the collection of sensory data. We measure how the weather, different times of the day and other factors such as walking patterns affect or interact with the presence of people.
Generating microclimatic knowledge makes it possible to adapt to fluctuating climatic conditions, mitigate unexpected weather events and environmental conditions. Our goals include defining thresholds for acceptable levels of heat, air pollution or wind frequency to create stable and healthy urban environments.
We employ data mining and data analysis and shape these computations in a way so that the potential impact on humans and human life becomes an inseparable dimension of design. This involves collaborative workflows among architects, engineers, real estate developers, organizations and municipalities.
Inspired by curiosity and united by strong common research interests, we decided to found Climateflux committing to the challenges of the climate emergency across all scales of the built environment. Through data-driven workflows, that enable climatic knowledge from a human centered perspective, we aim at generating information to shape a more equitable and healthier future.
“The advancements in design computation have paved the path to explore more on data-informed approaches to merge human behavior and microclimate knowledge to unveil the diverse layers of information as the key element to program and plan human cities.”
“Design is one of the most powerful ways to favor some groups of people and disenfranchise others: at the intersection with climate, it has far-reaching effects and is one of the most direct tools for affecting change and to create a more equitable world.”