Urban green space layouts and urban heat island: Case study on apartment complexes in South Korea

Soo Young Moon, Jonghoon Kim, Oswald Chong, Samuel Ariaratnam

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This research examined how various green space layouts in an urban area affected the surrounding atmospheric air temperature that contributes to a heat island effect. The aim was to develop an understanding of whether this greenery arrangement had an influence on the urban heat island. Field measurements were taken for three different layouts: greenery surrounding a complex/building, greenery in the center of a complex/building, and greenery distributed over a complex/building. The study showed that in the presence of solar heat, there were significant temperature differences among the three layouts. The study showed that the sites with greenery in the middle of a complex generated the lowest urban heat island effect of the three layouts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04018004
JournalJournal of Urban Planning and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018



  • Apartment complex
  • Atmospheric temperature
  • Evaporation effect
  • Field measurement
  • Greenery layout
  • Shade effect
  • Thermal comfort
  • Urban heat island
  • Urban heat island mitigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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