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"Calçadão" of Presidente Prudente - SP: thermal comfort in open public spaces

Grant number: 08/11258-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2009
Effective date (End): February 28, 2011
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:Carolina Lotufo Bueno Bartholomei
Grantee:Amanda Braceiro Barlati
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This research is part of an entitled ampler work "Thermal comfort in open public spaces: application of a methodology in cities of the São Paulo interior", with financing FAPESP (process 2007/00563-4), that it aims to analyze qualifying aspects of open public spaces, as microclimates and the thermal comfort of users, in different cities of the São Paulo interior. For this, studies of cases in opened public spaces in the cities of Campinas, Bauru and Presidente Prudente will be developed on the basis of the methodology developed for RUROS project (Rediscovering the Urban Realm and Open Spaces), adapted for climatic and cultural reality of São Paulo. Monitoring microclimatic conditions (air temperature, globe temperature, relative air humidity, air speed, solar radiation) and interviewing the users, the limits of real thermal comfort will be evaluated and correlated with calculated thermal comfort, through predicted indices of comfort in external spaces, in order to identify differences between the conditions of objective and subjective comfort. In President Prudente, three important opened public spaces will be analyzed: "Praça Nove de Julho", "Parque do Povo" and "Calçadão da Nicolau Maffei". In this work, the objects will be the three first blocks of "Calçadão" located between Coronel José Soares Marcondes Avenue and Major Felício Tarabay Street.