It’s cool & chaotic cities versus hot, orderly ones

Mar 08, 2018, 6:41 AM EST
(Source: Malinda Rathnayake/flickr)
(Source: Malinda Rathnayake/flickr)

A study recently published in “Physical Review Letters” states that the orderly, grid layout of urban cities turns them into scorching heat traps, intensifying what is commonly known as the urban heat island effect and raising temperatures by about 10° Fahrenheit compared to countryside or unplanned, chaotic cities.

The study finds that every city has its own texture that depends on its layout; in disordered cities like Los Angeles, buildings directly opposite to the other can absorb the heat it re-radiates, notes Earther.

The findings are consequential as they give urban designers a strategy to dial down city temperatures right at the planning stage, notes ZME Science.