RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSESSMENT IN THE CITY OF AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, AND THE IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE (HEAT ISLAND EFFECT ANALYSIS)

Lindita Bande, Mouaz Mohamed, Yosan Asmelash, Afra Alnuaimi

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Abstract

Al Ain is an important city that has gone through major urban transformation over the last 50 years. These changes impact the development of neighborhoods, especially residential neighborhoods. The morphology of the urban blocks also impacted the heat island effect (UHI). UHI is one of the contributors to climate change. Therefore, having sustainable neighborhoods’ means reducing the UHI and making cities more livable. The methodology to be followed in this study is as residential blocks in Al Ain for analysis of current conditions and proposal for UHI reduction through different strategies, modelling and simulations to create and analyze the models in Rhino Grasshopper and discussing the findings and results. The aim is to divide the work for the two cities and then analyze the current conditions of the neighborhoods. Based on the findings, different strategies can be applied in the residential blocks to reduce the surface temperature of the streets and buildings, therefore reducing the UHI effect. Having sustainable neighborhoods has a direct impact in making cities more livable and improving the climate change. The main tools to be used are Rhino/Grasshopper. Through advanced software, the findings can be optimized and contribute to more sustainable neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEco-Architecture IX
Subtitle of host publicationHarmonisation between Architecture and Nature
EditorsPilar Chias, Santiago Hernandez
PublisherWITPress
Pages127-138
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781784664732
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 20 2022
Event9th International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, ARC 2022 - Virtual, Online, Portugal
Duration: Jul 12 2022Jul 14 2022

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume210
ISSN (Print)1743-3509
ISSN (Electronic)1746-4498

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, ARC 2022
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/12/227/14/22

Keywords

  • climate change
  • grasshopper
  • neighborhood assessment
  • walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Building and Construction
  • Transportation
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Safety Research
  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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