CIRCLE Distinguished Lecture Series:
Urban Physics and the Grand Societal Challenges:
from City Scale to Building Scale
Dr. Bert BLOCKEN
Department of the Built Environment,
Eindhoven University of Technology
November 2, 2022
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time
ABSTRACT: Urban physics is the science and engineering of physical processes in urban areas. It basically refers to the transfer of heat and mass in the outdoor and indoor urban environment, and its interaction with humans, fauna, flora and materials. Urban physics is a rapidly increasing focus area as it is key to understanding and addressing the grand societal challenges climate change, energy, health, security, transport and aging. This presentation provides three examples of recent urban physics research from the city scale to the building scale. It focuses on COVID-19 related aerosol ventilation in buildings ranging from classrooms to soccer stadiums, on heat waves in cities, overheating in buildings and adaptation against heat waves at city and building scale, and on air pollution by particulate matter, both outdoor and indoor. The presentation aims to demonstrate the importance of a multiscale approach in urban physics research, linking outdoor and indoor physical processes.
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