On Thursday August 9th Felix Thumm from our New York office, as outdoor comfort expert, will present a poster that summarizes the findings of the Transsolar Academy personal project of Ioannis Karakounos. Ioannis worked on the subject throughout his fellowship at the Transsolar Academy in 2017/ 2018. His simulations of the proposed design showed that his proposed interventions could lead to a reduction of heat stress up to 65%, creating a comfortable outdoor environment.
Ioannis is convinced that Greek public space has always reflected democratic values and freedom of speech. The ancient agora was the meeting place for philosophical discussions, cultural development and exchange of knowledge. Looking at the present situation public space in Greece has led to privatization and degradation. Urban outdoor spaces have been neglected and this has resulted to a lack of interest in the public realm. Additionally, Greece is located at the southernmost part of Europe and has already been greatly affected by climate change. Urban heat island phenomenon is evident in most Greek cities and outdoor spaces are no longer comfortable.
His studies concentrate on the Constitution Square in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens. It is a space of high historical importance for Athens’ residents, because the first Constitution of Modern Greece was signed there. Nowadays, it is a meeting place for social activities, a touristic spot and an important transportation hub for Athens. In terms of microclimate, very high temperatures (over 35 °C) develop in the summer period, and combined with other parameters (solar radiation, humidity, wind, etc.) can lead to high heat stress of the people.
Transsolar Academy Project >
Conference on Urban Climate >
Poster presentation >