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Energies 2018, 11(8), 2030; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11082030

Exploring Outdoor Solar Potential in High-Density Living: Analyzing Direct Sunlight Duration for Urban Agriculture in Seoul’s Residential Complexes

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Department of Urban Design and Planning, Hongik University, Seoul 04066, Korea
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School of Architecture, Hongik University, Seoul 04066, Korea
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Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 1 August 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 6 August 2018
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Urban agriculture has become a favored activity in many cities around the world. This study explores how urban agriculture’s potential can be maximized in Seoul, South Korea, a city characterized by high-density residential complexes. It selects six existing residential complexes with representative site typologies and diverse density levels. The study’s aim is to assess the impact of various typology and density settings on percentages of ground-level surface with direct sunlight above certain thresholds during warmer seasons when crops can grow. DIVA-for-Rhino is used for simulation. The findings suggest that parallel typologies and lower density levels offer the best performance, while other combinations show mixed results. This study could benefit citizens and policymakers to facilitate urban agriculture practices around the world by suggesting feasible solutions for high-density residential developments. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban agriculture; high-density residential complexes; direct solar access; DIVA-for-Rhino; Seoul urban agriculture; high-density residential complexes; direct solar access; DIVA-for-Rhino; Seoul
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Kim, H.; Lee, K.S.; Lee, J.S.; Lee, S. Exploring Outdoor Solar Potential in High-Density Living: Analyzing Direct Sunlight Duration for Urban Agriculture in Seoul’s Residential Complexes. Energies 2018, 11, 2030.

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