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Thermal Comfort in the Public Realm: DIALOG’s Dorsa Jalalian Presents at the 2024 OAA Conference ‘Housing – Pushing the Envelope’

April 17, 2024

Join DIALOG’s Dorsa Jalalian, associate and senior urban designer, alongside fellow subject matter experts, as they present a session on the Thermal Comfort Study at the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) conference Housing: Pushing the Envelope on Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Niagara Falls.

Event Details

Date:                                  Thursday, May 23, 2024
Time:                                  10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Location:                           Niagara Falls Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

Click HERE to register for the event.

Thermal Comfort Study

Thermal comfort refers to people’s satisfaction level in not feeling too hot or too cold. 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. 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. This study combines the wind, sunlight, and other parameters to assess the quality of the public realm, which comprises all public and private spaces to which the public has access, including amenity spaces associated with residential buildings.

In this session, Dorsa Jalalian and the City of Toronto’s Rong Yu, project manager, Urban Design City Planning Division, and Kristina Reinders, program manager, Programs and Strategies Urban Design City Planning Division, will help participants understand the impact of the built form on thermal comfort, learn the criteria for undertaking thermal comfort analysis, gain an overall design strategy for thermal comfort, and understand an approach for implementation.

About Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Conference 2024: Housing – Pushing the Envelope

The next edition of the OAA Conference will be taking place from May 22 to 24, 2024 in Niagara Falls, with the theme of Housing: Pushing the Envelope. It will reflect the urgency and importance of addressing housing challenges in our society. With the recent recognition of adequate housing as a human right through the National Housing Strategy Act, the 2024 OAA Conference aims to bring together a diverse range of architecture experts and professionals.

Against the backdrop of Niagara Falls, attendees will delve into innovative ideas and solutions to design safe, inclusive, and sustainable spaces that foster community, health, and well-being. From exploring cutting-edge technologies and regenerative building principles to reimagining adaptive reuse and rethinking densities, the Conference will showcase the latest trends and best practices in creating equitable and inclusive housing.