A microclimate is a local set of atmospheric conditions that differ from those in the surrounding areas. Differences are often slight but can also be substantial. A microclimate can be as small as a few square meters or square feet – such as a garden bed or a cave – but can also be as large as several square kilometers or square miles.
Open spaces in urban environments often suffer from poor wind and solar design. Thus allowing patterns of reinforced wind speed and cool zones to form. The combined effects of these conditions take away from our enjoyment of a city.
With smart spatial interventions we can put the elements – wind, sun, rain and others – to work; mitigating the microclimate of a given urban space and people’s experiences.
Thermal comfort is an individual’s subjective experience of heat and cold sources in a given environment. Thermally comfortable open spaces improve the quality and resilience of urban living. Outdoor thermal comfort is a complex issue affected by both physical and psychological factors. While thermal comfort differs for everyone, it is one of the primary factors impacting the perceived comfort of open spaces. As such, we are collecting survey responses to assess the thermal comfort of the space around each weather station.