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Spatial urban interactions and environmental needs: bases for the incorporation of thermal, luminous and energy phenomena in urban planning

Grant number: 05/02568-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2006
Effective date (End): March 31, 2009
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:Marcia Peinado Alucci
Grantee:Rafael Silva Brandão
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The environmental impacts due to human activities have concerned several segments of society. The ability of cities to generate is one of those impacts and its now a documented fact, and so are its effects on thermal comfort and energy performance of buildings. This research intends to verify the hypothesis that spatial urban arrangements can be controlled, oriented or stimulated in order to improve environmental quality at Brazilian cities. The final goal of this work is to generate an integrated method to analyze thermal and luminous urban environment that will contribute to the including of environmental criteria in land use legislation and in building codes. Despite of the vast international literature on the subject, parameterization of urban climate models demands more advanced studies, due to specificities of Brazilian climate and urban structure. In this research, there will be a study area to which modeling, as well as empirical measurements, will be applied. This will lead to conclusions that can be generalized and incorporated to planning practice. (AU)

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BRANDÃO, Rafael Silva. Urban spatial interactions and climate : incorporating thermal and energetic analysis in urban planning. 2009. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU/SBI) São Paulo.

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