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Methodology for Selecting Sites and Creating Urban Cool Islands (UCIs) in Cities

Extreme hot weather causes deaths that are largely preventable. Urban Cool Islands (UCIs) offer a landscape architecture solution that can help mitigate mortality brought on by heat waves. UCIs are designated city shelters that provide people, especially at-risk population groups, protection from extreme heat events. The paper illustrates a methodology to identify Urban Cool Island locations for further development. This design-oriented methodology defines key UCI elements of public accessibility, good air circulation, shade and water availability and treats them as flexible values, instead of fixed, pre-existing features in scientific methodologies. This methodology uses free and open-source software and is easily adaptable to mobile phone alert applications. The German city of Leipzig was used to illustrate the application of this framework.

Autor / Author: Hobbie, John; Pietsch, Matthias; Henning, Matthias
Institution / Institution: Professor Hellriegel Institute, Bernburg/Germany; Professor Hellriegel Institute, Bernburg/Germany; Professor Hellriegel Institute, Bernburg/Germany
Seitenzahl / Pages: 9
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 8-2023
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2023 – Future Resilient Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Dessau Campus of Anhalt University, Germany 24-05-23 - 27-05-23
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Keywords (en): Urban Cool Island, hazard response
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537740005
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