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Morphological and climate balance: Proposal for a method to analyze neighborhood urban forms by way of densification

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Pacifici, Martina [1] ; de Castro Marins, Karin Regina [1] ; Catto, Vinicius de Mello [1] ; Rama, Fabrizio [2] ; Lamour, Quentin [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Engn, Dept Construct Engn, Prof Almeida Prado Ave, Alley 02, 83, BR-05508070 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Santa Catarina, Sch Engn, Dept Sanit & Environm Engn, Campus Reitor Joao David Ferreira Lima S-N, BR-88040900 Florianopolis, SC - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY; v. 35, p. 145-156, NOV 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The major cities in the world have adopted certain strategies for people densification to optimize transport costs, to multiply exchanges of goods, to maximize social networking, as well as to promote economic growth. The implementation of such compact cities has profoundly affected the livability of public spaces and the comfort of pedestrians so far. In order to assess the environmental sustainability of this process, a method of analysis is proposed and applied at a local scale. Combining a morphological and climate site assessment, the method is addressed to urban areas affected by a process of built densification or relevant changes. A case study was performed in Sao Paulo, in an urban area of 100 ha. Inside this domain, different climatic and morphological environments were selected to perform a more detailed comparative analysis of the samples chosen. Climate variability was observed in various points of the domain, despite their very close distances. Three climate zones were identified and morphologically described. The results showed an effective correlation between the spatial arrangement of urban cross-sections and the related climate conditions at the neighborhood level; as a consequence, they could contribute to facing the issue of Compact City Design, improving its environmental performance. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/10759-0 - Characterization and multifunctional study of road spaces and urban blocks in an urban density area located in São Paulo
Grantee:Vinícius de Mello Catto
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation