The present project aims at developing comprehensive design guidance on all aspects of solar and atmospheric components of urban layout in order firstly to ensure good access to a better microclimate and to vital renewable energy sources and secondly to minimise the air pollution levels. In order to meet these objectives the project contains the following tasks:
1. A comprehensive, integrated analysis of all solar and microclimatic aspects of urban layout for both cool and warm climatic conditions of southern Europe. The atmospheric pollution in the urban environment is one of the most important factors taken into consideration and the project will provide guidance for integrated urban planning which minimises the local pollution problems.
2. The development of a major computer based design tool to evaluate solar access and wind patterns within urban configurations in Europe. 3. Selected case studies, including two major case studies of southern European sites, to test and refine the guidance.
4. The production of an illustrated design guide, papers and