The Cooling Singapore Team conducted several social campaigns, focusing on studying the relationship between climate, urban space, and people. Through online and on-site surveys, on-site measurements and workshops, people’s thermal perception, their attitudes and beliefs about urban warming, their preferences for specific heat mitigation strategies, and their willingness to contribute / pay to improve their neighbourhood’s thermal comfort was investigated.
For example, an outdoor thermal comfort and daily mobility campaign (on-site survey, measurement and pedestrian counting) has been conducted in the central Tanjong Pagar district. It specifically targets transiting pedestrians in their daily commutes. As with the other social campaigns, this helps to characterise the walking habits and OTC thresholds of this specific population, highly subject to short-time variations of their thermal environments. More specifically, the role of air humidity in the overall perception and sensation of thermal discomfort in Singapore has been investigated.
The Cooling Singapore Team communicated, through these studies, the importance of citizen engagement in policy-making as well as planning neighbourhoods in Singapore in order to improve residents’ thermal comfort and encourage their outdoor activities. More than 2500 Singapore residents have participated in the campaigns. The social studies have been conducted in collaboration with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the local NGO Participate in Design (PiD).