Project

REALCOOL

'Really cooling water bodies in cities'
Small urban water bodies, such as ponds or canals, are commonly believed to solve urban heat problems but recent research shows that the cooling effect of large urban water bodies on hot summer days is quite limited and can actually induce a night-time warming effect.

However, shading, vaporising water and proper natural ventilation might help to keep urban water bodies and their surroundings cooler. But how to combine these strategies in urban design? The ‘Really cooling water bodies in cities’ (REALCOOL) research project explored the most effective combinations of shading, water vaporisation and natural ventilation around small urban water bodies. Optimal cooling strategies were developed for common urban water bodies in temperate climate zones. They are now made available to designers as virtual design prototypes.

Each REALCOOL prototype depicts how these overarching principles can be given a shape. If you want to know how to design urban water bodies that cool their surrounding environment, take a look at our prototypes. Simply klick the icon that fits your own case best, watch the animation and be inspired to apply the design guidelines to your assignment! Please feel free to evaluate the prototypes!

More info on the CLIMATELIER website (including video's).