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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2255; doi:10.3390/su9122255

Correlations between GIS-Based Urban Building Densification Analysis and Climate Guidelines for Mediterranean Courtyards

Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas 1, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda. Reina Mercedes, 2, 41012 Seville, Spain
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Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 28 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 6 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Urban Metabolism)
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This study identifies and proposes A GIS-based exploration of the relationships between aspect ratio of inner courtyards, porosity of the urban fabric and the climatic factors where it is located. To perform that comparison, morphological and measurement methods have been used to delineate spatial boundaries of urban densification. This methodology has been applied to a case study in Spain, where regulation establishes several climatic zones. Examples of cities in these zones have been examined to establish possible correlations. This paper analyses the particularities of these different urban scenarios, considering the effects of climate on the real urban densification. The purpose of this study is to find a relationship between the historical inner courtyards dimensions and the climate of the zone where they are located. In order to frame the real thermal behaviour of the inner courtyard in the context of the vernacular typologies studied, a representative sample of inner courtyards has been selected. The monitoring data presented allow quantifying the courtyard’s ability to temper the maximum temperature values. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban densification; GIS; inner courtyards; urban microclimate; courtyard design urban densification; GIS; inner courtyards; urban microclimate; courtyard design

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Rojas-Fernández, J.; Galán-Marín, C.; Roa-Fernández, J.; Rivera-Gómez, C. Correlations between GIS-Based Urban Building Densification Analysis and Climate Guidelines for Mediterranean Courtyards. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2255.

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