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Environments, Volume 6, Issue 7 (July 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The present contribution investigates the potential of urban densification to mitigate heat island [...] Read more. The present contribution investigates the potential of urban densification to mitigate heat island effects and to improve outdoor thermal conditions. The study focuses on an already densely urbanized district in Vienna, Austria. A set of urban microclimate simulations for pre- and post-densification scenarios, considering solar radiation potential of the investigated domain, were carried out and analyzed. For the simulations, the parametric modeling environment Rhinoceros 3D and a set of built-in algorithms in the Rhino’s plug-in Grasshopper was used. The results revealed a notable solar shielding effect of newly introduced vertical extensions of existing buildings. The number of sunlight hours available in urban street canyons decreased for up to 4 hours on average within newly formed deep urban street canyons. View this paper.