Effect of seasonal changes on usage patterns and behaviours in educational precinct in Melbourne

Shooshtarian, S, Rajagopalan, P and Wakefield, R 2018, 'Effect of seasonal changes on usage patterns and behaviours in educational precinct in Melbourne', Urban Climate, vol. 26, pp. 133-148.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Effect of seasonal changes on usage patterns and behaviours in educational precinct in Melbourne
Author(s) Shooshtarian, S
Rajagopalan, P
Wakefield, R
Year 2018
Journal name Urban Climate
Volume number 26
Start page 133
End page 148
Total pages 16
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Successful urban open spaces can largely contribute to the enhancement of humans day to day life. Among the determinants of the quality of outdoor environments, high priority is given to ambient climatic conditions. This study is aimed to understand the usage pattern of outdoor spaces in an educational precinct and to discover its linkage to thermal conditions. The target population was the visitors of the main open spaces of an educational precinct selected as the case study in Melbourne, Australia. Three types of data collection methods including questionnaire survey, unobtrusive observation and field measurements were employed to collect information about usage patterns and behaviour in the three consecutive seasons (spring 2014, summer 2015 and autumn 2015). The results shed light on the seasonal usage pattern of the precincts and the role of function of place (place character) on people's presence outdoors. The research findings are expected to inform guidelines on managing outdoor spaces, particularly within university campuses.
Subject Building Science and Techniques
Keyword(s) Field survey
Function of place
Purpose of visit
Seasonal changes
Thermal comfort
Thermal conditions
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.uclim.2018.08.013
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