Impact Assessment of Urban Regeneration Practices on Microclimate in The Context of Climate Change

Akköse, Gizem
The annual ever-increase in population, urbanization, industrialization, and CO2 or greenhouse gas emissions brings with it important environmental crises. Climate change and urban heat islands (UHI) are crucial environmental crises that have serious consequences on the performance of the built environment and the comfort and health of users. Moreover, mass migrations from the urban areas and unhabitable cities are envisaged as a result of climate change. To minimize the impacts of climate change and ensure the resilience of urban environments, mitigation and adaptation strategies such as reshaping urban form, modifying the land-use structure, retrofitting existing buildings, maintaining infrastructure systems, and improvement of urban services should be adopted. In this context, urban regeneration is inherently to contribute to the implementation of sustainable development by 'recycling' land and buildings, reducing demolition waste, and reducing demand for urban growth. However, in Turkey, the potential of urban regeneration in terms of sustainability is not embraced yet. This study analyses the combined impacts of climate change and UHIs on urban environments before and after urban regeneration. An existing regeneration practice in Doğanbey, Bursa, is selected as a case study to evaluate the selected performance indicators, including outdoor temperatures, outdoor thermal comfort, and daylighting. The results show that a decrease is observed in urban performance with regard to climate change and UHI after urban regeneration. It has been concluded that it is necessary to adopt a holistic perspective that covers all of the sustainable development dimensions.


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Citation Formats
G. Akköse, “Impact Assessment of Urban Regeneration Practices on Microclimate in The Context of Climate Change,” M.S. - Master Of Science Without Thesis, Middle East Technical University, 2022.