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Type: Artigo de evento
Title: A Sense Of Comfort In Open Space Around Owner-built Houses: The Case Of Campinas, Brazil
Author: Monteiro E.Z.
De Mattos Moreno M.
Pina S.A.M.G.
Labaki L.C.
Kowaltowski D.C.C.K.
Da Silva V.G.
De Oliveira M.C.A.
Abstract: This paper presents a pro-active study conducted in two urban areas with predominantly owner-built houses in the region of Campinas, Brazil. The investigation is part of a continuing research on the self-built housing phenomenon of this region. Thermal comfort was assessed in open spaces around owner-built houses. Private, semiprivate and public open spaces were evaluated through: technical measurements (air velocity and temperature), observations (use of spaces, presence, type and density of vegetation, shading and ventilation conditions), iconography (drawings of perception of open spaces) and photographic records. A sense of thermal comfort was assessed through a questionnaire applied to a group of self-builders of the two areas. The study includes both an investigative and a pro-active phase. The population is involved in judging their own settlements as they are today and are encouraged to introduce changes through the planting of trees and ground cover on streets, reserved public areas and private backyards. The main goals of this pro-active study are the possibility of introducing affordable comfort in owner-built residential regions, empowering the population with simple solutions to improve their quality of life and testing methods and materials that are most appropriate for participatory design actions. Results show that open and communal spaces are not fully valued by this group of population. Vegetation is present, but does not substantially influence the sense of thermal comfort. In relation to appropriate methods for participatory design, 2D drawings must be straightforward and uncluttered to obtain a coherent response. The study also shows that a sense of comfort is not only measurable technically speaking, but includes visual and psychological elements where vegetation is a key factor.
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Date Issue: 2006
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