The case for climate-responsive urban design

 

The recent heatwave has been exacerbating the urban heat island effect in many cities. As more and more people are moving into urban areas, bringing more cars, more asphalt roads, more parking lots, urban planning should take into consideration the changing climate patterns. Large metropolitan areas all around the world are rediscovering the importance of old-fashioned urban planning elements like greenery and water fountains to cool down their streets; while some cities are taking the more high-tech approach experimenting with reflective road coatings and cool roofs.

 

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