REALCOOL- Really cooling water bodies in cities

Sanda Lenzholzer, Jeroen Kluck, João Cortesão, Lisette Klok, Cor Jacobs, Jochen Mülder

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Small urban water bodies, such as ponds or canals, are commonly believed to solve urban heat problems but recent research shows that the cooling effect of large urban water bodies on hot summer days is quite limited and can actually induce a night-time warming effect. However, shading, vaporising water and proper natural ventilation might help to keep urban water bodies and their surroundings cooler. But how to combine these strategies in urban design?
The ‘Really cooling water bodies in cities’ (REALCOOL) research project explored the most effective combinations of shading, water vaporisation and natural ventilation around small urban water bodies. Optimal cooling strategies were developed for common urban water bodies in temperate climate zones. They are now made available to designers as virtual design prototypes
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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