Spatial configurations in urban environmental analysis – The role of the heat island effect


  • Adriano Magliocco University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Gabriele Oneto University of Genoa (Italy)



urban form, climate change, urban morphology, complex systems, satellite analysis


The module, a system’s unit of dimension, is a concept that is still useful in analysing and planning cities. The Heat Island Effect is the occasion for inquiring about how to develop methodologies for reading and understanding urban systems by following reproducible and univocal principles. Starting from environmental temperature data, often representative of portions of squared urban grids, some spatial analytical methodologies are proposed and applied to two European cities: Genoa and Munich. Using the Local Climate Zones, a first map is defined at the urban level using a squared module. Subsequent maps question the infrastructural and morphological systems using graphs and tessellations. The urban planner that operates on complex systems can place these tools beside their analyses, verifying and examining urban environments.


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Received: 08/09/2023; Revised: 16/10/2023; Accepted: 21/10/2023


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Adriano Magliocco, University of Genoa (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Full Professor and vice-Director at the Department of Architecture and Design. His research topics revolve around environmental sustainability in architecture at different design scales.

Gabriele Oneto, University of Genoa (Italy)

Architect, he is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture and Design. His main research interests include computational design, nature-based solutions, environmental analysis in urban systems and adaptation to climate change, focusing on digital strategies for the urban heat island effect and urban floodings, and complexity urban theory.


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How to Cite

Magliocco, A. and Oneto, G. (2023) “Spatial configurations in urban environmental analysis – The role of the heat island effect”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 14, pp. 216–223. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/14182023.