VISUALIZING PEDESTRIAN COMFORT USING ENVI-MET
Akram Rosheidat, Dan Hoffman, Harvey Bryan
One of the environmental consequences of rapidly growing urban areas such as Phoenix, Arizona, is its negative impact to the outdoor environment. On the pedestrian micro-scale, the effects are difficult to visualize. Design decisions such as street and sidewalk widths, shading structures, materials, landscaping, building heights, and air flow have a significant impact on the pedestrian thermal comfort and subsequently on the use of the urban environment. This paper discusses visualization of human thermal comfort on the micro-scale, using various mitigating strategies that can create a more thermally comfortable pedestrian environment in downtown Phoenix.
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