Modelling the effect of urban design on thermal comfort and air quality: The SMARTUrban Project

Luciano Massetti, Martina Petralli, Giada Brandani, Marco Napoli, Francesco Ferrini, Alessio Fini, David Pearlmutter, Simone Orlandini, Alberto Giuntoli

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More than half of the world population lives nowadays in urban areas and that’s the reason why the quality of the urban environment has become a key issue for human health. In this context, it is important to estimate and document any action that contributes to improving thermal comfort and air quality. The aim of this paper is to present a system for the design of urban spaces developed in the framework of the SMARTUrban project. Such a system aims at giving a strategic tool to administrators and design professionals for sustainable management and urban planning. SMARTUrban is a prototype of an urban space design software that estimates the effect of design modification or of new design on thermal comfort, carbon sequestration and air pollutant removal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalBuilding Simulation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • carbon storage
  • design software
  • pollutants removal
  • thermal comfort
  • urban planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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