As urban overheating is increasing, there is a strong public interest towards mitigation strategies to enhance comfortable urban spaces, for their role in supporting urban metabolism and social life. The study presents an assessment of the existing thermal comfort and usage of San Silvestro Square in Rome during the summer, and performs the simulation of cooling strategies scenarios, to understand their mitigation potential for renovation projects.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry Vs Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Others dated 15/03/2018 regarding constructions in the city of Mumbai.

Order of the Delhi High Court in the matter of Birender Sangwan Vs District Judge North West & Others dated 14/03/2018 regarding defacement of walls of the Tis Hazari Court complex due to posters put up for the bar elections. A status report has been received from the District & Sessions Judge, North and North-West from the District Courts, Rohini informing this court that all defacing material has been removed.

Order of the Delhi High Court in the matter of Kusum Sehgal Vs The North Zone Municipal Corporation & Others dated 13/03/2018 regarding illegal and unauthorized construction on properties declared as heritage sites in Delhi.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Rameshwar & Others Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 12/03/2018 regarding land acquisition of 912 acres from three villages namely, Manesar, Lakhnoula and Naurangpur, Tehsil and District Gurgaon for setting up Chaudhari Devi Lal Industrial Township, to be planned as an Integrated Complex for residential, recreational and other public purposes.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 06/03/2018 regarding sealing drive in Delhi.

Cities are particularly vulnerable to climate risks due to their agglomeration of people, buildings and infrastructure. Differences in methodology, hazards considered, and climate models used limit the utility and comparability of climate studies on individual cities. Here we assess, for the first time, future changes in flood, heat-waves (HW), and drought impacts for all 571 European cities in the Urban Audit database using a consistent approach.

Green roofs offer a series of benefits to buildings and to the urban environment. Their use in dry climates requires optimizing the choice of their components (i.e., vegetation, substrate and drainage layer) for the specific local climatic conditions, in order to minimize irrigations needs while preserving the attributes of the roof. In this study, we calibrated and validated an existing hydrological model—IHMORS—for the simulation of the hydrological performance of green roofs.

Urban public space is extraordinarily adaptable under a pattern of relatively stable changes. However, when facing unprecedented and potentially extreme climatic changes, public spaces may not have the same adaptation capacity. In this context, planned adaptation gains strength against “business as usual”. While public spaces are among the most vulnerable areas to climatic hazards, they entail relevant characteristics for adaptation efforts. As such, public space design can lead to effective adaptation undertakings, explicitly influencing urban design practices as we know them.

Green areas induce smaller increases in the air temperature than built-up areas. They can offer a solution to mitigating the urban heat island impacts during heat waves, since the cool air generated by a park is diffused into its immediate surroundings through forced or natural convection. The purpose of this study is to characterize the effect of several variables (park size, morphology of surrounding urban area, and wind speed) on the spreading of cool air.

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