Wind sensing with real-time visualisations for designers - An approach to understanding wind phenomena for pedestrian comfort using low cost wind sensors

Prohasky, D, Moya Castro, R, Watkins, S, Burry, J and Burry, M 2014, 'Wind sensing with real-time visualisations for designers - An approach to understanding wind phenomena for pedestrian comfort using low cost wind sensors', in Emine Mine Thompson (ed.) Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Fusion: Volume 1, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 165-171.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Wind sensing with real-time visualisations for designers - An approach to understanding wind phenomena for pedestrian comfort using low cost wind sensors
Author(s) Prohasky, D
Moya Castro, R
Watkins, S
Burry, J
Burry, M
Year 2014
Conference name eCAADe 2014: Fusion - data integration at its best
Conference location Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Conference dates 10-12 September 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Fusion: Volume 1
Editor(s) Emine Mine Thompson
Publisher Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Place of publication Netherlands
Start page 165
End page 171
Total pages 7
Abstract The evaluation of a low-tech wind sensing platform for urban aerodynamic simulations relevant to pedestrian comfort. In this paper, the wind canyon effect is simulated with two different building morphologies. The platform provides conceptual knowledge of the dynamics in wind relevant for designers, architectural practitioners and students of design. Low-cost hot wire anemometry is utilised for the design of an Experimental Fluid Dynamic (EFD) wind sensing network interface. This paper explores the validity of the sensing platform for a new approach for non-wind engineers to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of wind. The influence of real-time feedback from quantified wind on the understanding of wind phenomena for non-wind engineers is discussed and compared with post analysis data. It was found that real-time quantified feedback from wind intrigues and stimulates the intuitive notion of wind dynamics through discussion, however post analysis remains critical to evaluate building design performance.
Subjects Digital and Interaction Design
Keyword(s) Wind sensing
real-time feedback
experimental fluid dynamics
hot-wire anemometry
atmospheric boundary layer
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