Impact of environmental quality in outdoor spaces: dependency study between outdoor comfort and people´s presence.
Environmental conditions strongly affect the use of public space and influence movement patterns: the evaluation of these conditions demands innovative computational methodologies and tools to collect data, process it and interpret such huge arrays of information. Computational and coupling methodologies open the way for developing an integrated understanding of dependencies to prefigure more liveable urban environments.
The influence of thermal comfort on outdoor activities is a complex issue comprising both climatic and behavioural aspects. This research investigates on the possible relation between fluctuating outdoor comfort conditions and their effects on people’s presence, with the aim of finding a systematic correlation. The proposed methodology was applied to the survey of the Elytra Filament Pavilion, manufactured in summer 2016 in the John Madejski Garden of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Through data manipulation and mapping, the final aim is to provide new approaches to understand the influences of the environmental conditions and their perception on human activity and people’s use of outdoor space, thus creating more attractive outdoor spaces.
Urban microclimate, sensing, outdoor comfort, environment, urban space