Desert New Urbanism: testing for comfort in downtown Tempe, Arizona

Katherine Crewe, Anthony Brazel, Ariane Middel

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Outdoor human comfort is determined for the remodelled downtown of Tempe, Arizona, USA, an acclaimed example of New Urbanist infill. The authors desired to know whether changes were accompanied by more comfortable conditions, especially in hot, dry summer months. The physiological equivalent temperature provided an assessment of year-round outdoor human comfort. Building compactness and tree shade that became part of the changes in the downtown provided more overall daytime human comfort than open nearby streets; however some downtown sites were less comfortable at night, but below 40°C, a threshold for human comfort in this desert environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Urban Design
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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