Towards climate conscious urban design – developing a system of planning criteria in Hungary
Urban microclimate has been afashionable topic in the last decade to involve quite a few researchers. Many
have come to the conclusion that green surfaces are essential in achieving a climate-conscious urban environment. Apart from greenery there are also quite a few good and usable tools in order to improve urban microclimate such as solar sails, water surfaces, permeable paving, etc. It has come so far to facing also
the question how urban planners can be helped by researchers to use in everyday planning routine the results of theoretical researches. In the new programming period of the European Union (2014-2020), the novel system of planning and funding gives the opportunity to implement the interests of climate conscious
urban design. One of the main challenges urban planners and architects will have to face is to trigger a way of planning methodology in order to create an urban environment which can handle current climatic problems.
In our work we present the first version of a targeted indicator system, which can be used as planning
criteria in the EU-funded urban public space development processes.
The main tool of our research was the ENVI-met model, which enables the quantitative comparison of the
microclimatological effects of the usable interventions and their indicators. The results highlight the outstanding importance of trees among the possible solutions, and the need for integrated solutions with regard on every aspect of climate sensitive design.