【Awardee】Teoh Mei Yee  (Department: Regional Environment Systems /Doctoral course Year: 1)
【Faculty supervisor】Prof. Michihiko Shinozaki
【Conference or Award Ceremony name】5th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association
【Award】Best Paper Award
【Research theme or presentation title】
Influence of Urban Design on Microclimate in Tropical Historic Urban Canyon: Case Study at Ipoh Old Quarter, Malaysia

This study aimed to evaluate the effect of local urban morphologies on microclimate at pedestrian-level in the old city centre of Ipoh, Malaysia.

This study adopted computational simulation method by using ENVI-met to assess the outdoor thermal performance. Several comparisons were done based on greenery or landscaping available; road geometry, orientation and widths; and building layout and pattern. Overall, this study implies that there is possibility or opportunity to improve urban microclimatic condition through urban design parameters that have positive impacts on microclimate.

This study promoted the use of climate simulation to evaluate design options in practice. Through the visualized outputs from simulation software like ENVI-met, the result can be used to assist the selection of designs during urban design and planning process, before they are applied to real world. By using this approach, it can effectively reduce the possibility of thermal discomfort. For urban planners and designers, this will greatly save the cost and time of designing a thermally comfortable environment for outdoor users.

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