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Designing for Wind: Key Principles to Creating Livable Open Spaces (1.5 LUs)
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Designing for Wind: Key Principles to Creating Livable Open Spaces (1.5 LUs)

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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The rise of new and taller buildings in cities continuously alters the wind environment. High level winds channeled to street level pose risks for pedestrians and cyclists and may compromise the use of the outdoors. A multidisciplinary approach between architecture, meteorology, and engineering is key to preventing undesirable local wind effects and to creating livable and pleasant open urban spaces.

This presentation will help architects, landscape architects and engineers understand how wind works in urban environments, and learn techniques to minimize wind impacts on the built environment. Topics covered include an overview of the San Francisco Wind Ordinance and of design considerations that contribute to successful outdoor urban spaces. Case studies will be discussed to highlight the role of wind considerations in shaping architectural form, and to understand the value of analysis tools to support design.


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the impact of wind on pedestrian comfort and safety
  2. Describe the key wind mechanisms around buildings
  3. Identify the most suitable design strategies to mitigate the wind impacts
  4. Explain the San Francisco Wind Ordinance


About the Speaker

Rubina Ramponi, PhD CEng

Rubina is a wind and environmental physics consultant in Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research team in San Francisco. She has an interest in the role of urban design into the relationship between local climate and livability of external spaces. She contributes to projects where computational methods and experiments are used to gain an understanding of outdoor thermal comfort, pedestrian level wind conditions, reflected solar heat and glare. Prior to joining Arup, she completed a PhD on the computational modelling of urban wind flow and the impact of urban morphology and climate on natural ventilation of buildings.

Nathan Nagai, AIA LEED BD+C
Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Nathan is an Senior Architect at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. His current projects include One Oak and 469 Stevenson in San Francisco, and 2201 Valley in Oakland. Prior projects include 181 Fremont, Oceanwide Center, and the World Trade Center Transit Hub.


Pricing and Registration

  • AIASF Member: $10
  • General Admission: $15
  • AIASF Student Member: $5

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