To manage and improve the interactions between built and natural environments in each location, the role of the urban fabric and buildings’ response to the general and changing climate as well as extreme weather conditions is always essential. Considering the immediate and long-term impacts of buildings as well as variable effects of the sun and weather conditions, a basic research is needed to optimize different benefits for both building & city dwellers.
Throughout different time periods namely in planning, design, operation and adaptation of cities to a number of frequent or new challenges, a solar-climatic vision can improve many aspects including the potentials and performances in terms of energy production, energy demand, daylight, health, comfort and safety; with the added benefit that most of architectural & landscape rearrangements and improvements do not necessarily increase the construction costs, if such aspects studied well and integrated as early as possible.
In a variety of scales, ranging from developing a neighborhood to optimizing elements of each façade, to guide architects, urban planners, municipalities, clients and people actively follow, make, and fashion more accurate series of decisions, some focal points of this effective process have been targeted and developed by the author. General portions of these massive studies can be read form a 2014 TU-Berlin publication titled “Intelligent Design using Solar-Climatic Vision”.
As is illustrated by the SOLARCHVISION process, activation of the senses at building skin/neighborhood/city management/decision-making levels can be remarkably effective when studying the current situation, analyzing future scenarios and their impacts as well as developing ingenious/adaptive alternatives are considered as some fundamental steps of an integrated approach to solar architecture and urban planning.
Regarding the global and local challenges, and to promote creating and maintaining good & sustainable relation between outside and inside, a series of studies towards demonstrating the bold impacts of the sun on both indoor and outdoor qualities as well as weather conditions, in complex climate of Montréal (Canada), were completed by the author then presented at OCPM (the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal).
These are listed here:
2014, March: http://solarchvision.com/?page_id=4803
2014, February: http://solarchvision.com/?page_id=4753
2013, September: http://solarchvision.com/?page_id=4683
In addition to these studies on historical data and proposed future architectural/urban developments, the information on this page (http://solarchvision.com/?page_id=4445) is frequently processed and updated for Montréal using the real time probabilistic weather forecast data that is made available by Environment Canada in order to stimulate a wider range of renewable energy considerations along with the ability to target, study, control and manage even more specific impacts of interest to sustainable buildings and cities.
“The sun and the city of Montreal” article is available on NaturalLighting blog!