Pereira Guimaraes / The Evaporative City

The Evaporative City Bioclimatic adaptation and regeneration using water

Author: Mariana Pereira Guimaraes, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Valentina Dessì, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract


The proposed paper highlights preliminary steps of an ongoing doctoral thesis, developed in the context of a European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme conducted in partnership with the industry, which aims to define strategic urban water use guidelines that can help alleviate the heat stress in neighborhoods located in different European climate regions. To achieve it, it also evaluates the effects of urban morphology (density, geometry, surface cover) on microclimate (air temperature, solar radiation, relative humidity, wind direction, and speed). The focus is to understand water cooling solutions synergies for master planning solutions. Although the block and neighborhoods are understood as part of a city system and cannot be dissociated from its context, a closer look is necessary when undertaking microclimate studies. The different allocation of such systems in the city allows us to investigate the contribution and combined local effect in reducing outdoor temperatures in response to the UHI effect.

Keywords: Water-cooling, Neighborhood, Microclimate