Realising urban transformation towards sustainability and low carbon future can be easily pursued in new cities and new urban development, nonetheless the historical and established high density cities and the ancient built environment will require a substantial different types of intervention, in order to achieve reductions in GHG, to mitigate UHI effects and, consequently, to provide outdoor comfort for people.
Amidst different strategies to overcome barriers to decarbonizing cities, an effective strategy can be played by bioclimatic design and passive systems to be applied for spaces between buildings and at a precinct scale for creating low carbon, resilient cities.
Structural elements, finishing materials and green design play a significant role in improving outdoor comfort for people and in reducing urban environment carbon footprint as a whole in historical settlements.
The course aims at addressing the needs to analyze and intervene in historic districts renewal and in other consolidated public spaces, whose requirements represent one of the greatest sustainability challenge today, in order to overcome the lack of appropriate assessment tools with which to accomplish that assignment.
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