Mina Mahouti                                                                                                                                                                           Projects, Info  


Natural Cooling

— a natural cooling system for urban areas

This project has an urban planning approach that takes up the theme of natural cooling in the city. What can be created to make life more pleasant for people in urban areas? With the goal of the project to make the urban space more liveable through simple, natural cooling modules, the project concentrates on a meaningful redesign and reinterpretation of a bus stop, which has a cooling and shading function.

Through material research it became obvious that materials such as concrete, steel and glass are mainly used in the city. On the one hand, these materials absorb heat and store it and on the other they are produced with high energy consumption. In order to bring a circular approach into the city, an area of application was chosen to integrate nature into the city. Local resources form the basis for the prototype with little consumption of energy, the use of primary materials and without long transport distances. The material loam in combination with plants were used, because they influence the microclimate through evaporation cooling.

To create comfortable living environments for people, a transformation of cities is necessary. The aim of this research project is to reduce the temperature of the urban area. The field of application lies in the conception and reinterpretation of a bus shelter at the piazza domenicani, one of the hottest squares of Bolzano.This project demonstrates the relevance of natural materials and the value of greening in urban planning. At the same time, it will provide impulses for sustainable urban planning in the future. Resources can be used again and again for new constructions without the need to take more of the raw material from nature through the circular approach.