Urban heat island

Discover effective strategies to combat the urban heat island effect and create cooler cities. Explore innovative ideas to reduce heat, improve air quality, and enhance the livability of urban areas.
Urban Planning, Urban, Architecture, Green Building, Urban Heat Island, Metropolitan Area, Urban Area, Urban Analysis, Urban Zone

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Slicing five miles through this southern city’s downtown, Broadway shows just how challenging it can be for a sweltering urban center to beat the dangerous summer heat. Louisville’s main drag leaves the upscale and relatively leafy Highlands neighborhood and heads west, where it widens to seven lanes of black asphalt and enters […]

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calum srigley
Urban heat island effect by Alexandre Affonso Architecture, Urban, Physical Science, Climate Change, Environmental Education, Patios, Guerrilla Gardening, Conceptual Framework, Global Warming

Global temperatures are rising. This is especially felt in urban areas due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, where temperatures can be 10oF (5.5oC) higher than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon is due to several factors that combine to alter the local microclimate of an urban area. However, several techniques can be employed by landscape architects to help combat the local rise in temperatures, saving money, reducing global warming, and making a more pleasant environment to…

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Odair Sousa
Four Approaches to Reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect - Urban Land Magazine Urban, Architecture, Urban Heat Island, Passive Design, Urban Area, Urban Intervention, Urban Tree, Urban Spaces, Thermal Comfort

Extreme heat is the number-one weather-related cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and extreme heat can also harm infrastructure as well as the overall economy. What if it were possible to make cities cooler—that is, actually lower urban temperatures to improve the quality of life—with more-resilient development?

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Bo Tsui Lim Knickerbocker
Heat Island Effect Design, Climate Change, Urban Planning, Guerrilla, Urban, Studio, Urban Heat Island, What Is Urban, Urban Area

Are you aware of heat islands and urban heat island effect? Learn about the heat Islands and its causes. Also appreciate construction materials which contribute to the heat island formation and learn how smog formation encapsulates green house gases. Usually, urban lands (cities) have a mean temperature 8 to 10 degrees more than the surrounding rural areas. This makes a temperature difference, thus creating the effect called a "heat island" or more specifically an "urban heat island." The…

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Beatrice Ardila Thornhill