A case-based methodology for investigating urban comfort through interpretive research and microclimate analysis in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand

Tavares, Silvia G., Swaffield, Simon R., and Stewart, Emma J. (2017) A case-based methodology for investigating urban comfort through interpretive research and microclimate analysis in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. pp. 1-20. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores how an interpretive case-based research strategy can reveal new empirical and theoretical insights into microclimate design. Innovative fieldwork in Christchurch, New Zealand investigated the nature and social meanings of urban comfort in a city with a seasonal climate featuring microclimatic variability, and with a physical landscape undergoing rapid change following a series of major earthquakes. Ethnographic methods were combined with microclimate measurements in four Christchurch-based case study locations to identify ways in which people adjust their cultural and lifestyle values and expectations to the actual microclimatic conditions. The field investigation had to capture data relevant to the microclimatic variability and be suitable for rapidly changing urban settings. Results suggest this integrative methodology successfully adapts to challenging physical contexts, and is able to provide a coherent body of evidence. Important insights revealed through this methodology may not have become apparent if only conventional microclimate methods were used.

Item ID: 49897
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: interpretive research, microclimate, urban comfort, earthquakes, New Zealand
ISSN: 2399-8091
Funders: Lincoln University, New Zealand
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 01:04
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1201 Architecture > 120107 Landscape Architecture @ 20%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 40%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1201 Architecture > 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 50%
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