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Addressing Thermal Comfort in the Public Realm: DIALOG’s Dorsa Jalalian Presents at OPPI Adaptation Transformation Conference

July 4, 2024

Join DIALOG’s Dorsa Jalalian, associate and senior urban designer, on Friday, September 27, 2024, for a session on the Thermal Comfort Study at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Adaptation Transformation Conference, in Hamilton, ON.

Event Details

Date:                           Friday, September 27, 2024
Time:                           10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET
Location:                   Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, ON

Click HERE to register for the event.

Thermal Comfort Study

Toronto is growing fast and becoming denser every day. It is important that we protect the quality of public spaces which will serve the large populations in the city. Climate change will place further pressure on Toronto’s public spaces to serve the public while providing respite during extreme heat days that are increasing in frequency and intensity. The design of the public realm with thermal comfort is key in designing a resilient city and ensuring a high quality of life by providing comfortable outdoor space.

In 2023, the Urban Design Division at the City of Toronto completed a Thermal Comfort Study with a consultant team led by DIALOG and Buro Happold. The purpose of the study was to develop guidance related to thermal comfort in the public realm through City guidelines, standards, and policies. Thermal comfort refers to people’s satisfaction level in not feeling too hot or too cold.

The Thermal Comfort Study addresses thermal comfort in the public realm and shared outdoor amenity spaces, taking into consideration future climate projections and the impacts of surrounding built form.


  • Dorsa Jalalian, Associate and Senior Urban Designer, DIALOG
  • Kristina Reinders, Program Manager – Urban Design, City of Toronto
  • Rong Yu, Project Manager, City of Toronto

About the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)

From September 25 to 27, the OPPI Adaptation Transformation Conference will explore how Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) navigate the profession’s rapidly changing landscape to emerge as qualified leaders who bring communities together in the public interest. The conference will highlight relevant topics impacting the profession, including housing affordability and supply, changing demographics, representation of equity-deserving groups, advancements in technology, and more. Professionals and industry experts from across Ontario will come together to attend insightful keynote speakers, thoughtful panel discussions, and meaningful breakout sessions.