Between buildings : An evaluation of London’s microclimate policy
Presser, Paula (2020)
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Urban centres play a crucial role in climate change. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the role of urban planning in these changes. This thesis aims to investigate what we know about how urban factors influence the city's climate and its energy consumption, within these factors which would be the most influential in London according to the opinion of experts from the public, private and academic sectors and how these factors appear in the climate simulations that exist for London. Furthermore, how this knowledge can be added within the existing urban legislation, to this end, a mixed methodology was used between literature review, questionnaire and focus group. From the results obtained by the focus group, we saw that the main factors that we still do not know about urban climate are: urban form and modelling, about how we can tackle: regulations and modelling. In the questionnaire, we saw that the main factor that must be taken into account in London is anthropogenic heat and that the current urban policies in London are seen as unsatisfactory by most of the participants. Through the work, it can be concluded that an evaluation methodology is needed that focuses on the interrelation between urban factors, the formation of evaluation committees of the planning structure for the implementation of new climatic practices.