Daniele Santucci

Daniele Santucci
RWTH Aachen University · Faculty of Architecture

Doctor of Engineering

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Introduction
Daniele Santucci (Dr.- Ing.) is a scientist, educator, and advisor for decarbonisation strategies. He is currently deputy head of the Chair for Building Technology at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded Climateflux, a company that consults architecture firms, public institutions, and private companies on strategies and design solutions to increase public health. His professional expertise is in environmental engineering, low carbon design, and computational transscalar workflows.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
Climateflux
Position
  • Co-Founder
May 2017 - November 2018
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • Fellow
August 2012 - March 2020
Technische Universität München
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
October 2008 - September 2010
Technische Universität München
Field of study
  • ClimaDesign
October 1996 - November 2003
Università Degli Studi Roma Tre
Field of study
  • Architecture

Publications

Publications (34)
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In the last two decades, research on building design has mainly focused on reducing overall operational energy consumption, resulting in buildings with very low energy demand during regular operation (e.g. passive houses). The embodied energy demand – the amount of energy required for construction and demolition was not taken into the necessary con...
Thesis
Walking in dense urban environments is influenced by microclimatic variations, which result from urban morphology, materiality and vegetation, co-shaping the quality of public space, determining its use and fruition. In a multidisciplinary and novel approach, this dissertation combines methods with digital tools to put into evidence the interdepend...
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In different contexts and parts of the world there has been centuries of efforts and challenges in different scales to shape a dialogue between formal and informal settlements. It’s widely been accepted that even though the self-built settlements often present low-quality living standards, low accessibility to public facilities or higher exposure o...
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Urban Microclimate Canopy is a digitally fabricated fiber glass structure supporting climbing plants in order to explore new ways of integrating vegetation in densely built urban environments. A prototype was designed and manufactured in the context of an interdisciplinary studio with master’s students following an approach of research by design. V...
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Lehm und Holz im Gewerbebau sind heute die Ausnahme. Aber warum? Denn gerade hier versprechen diese ökologischen Baustoffe viele Vorteile. Die in dieser Publikation vorgestellten Beispiele haben eines gemeinsam: Sie generieren durch das jeweils eingesetzte Material einen enormen Mehrwert. Mal stehen Flexibilität und Vorfertigung im Vordergrund, mal...
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In architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, entangled multi-scale and multi-domain, or compound, sustainability problems and associated design requirements are becoming rapidly more demanding, complex, and interdisciplinary due to demographic, social, economic, environmental, and technological changes. This places considerable pressu...
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The book - Activating Public Space - deals with the regeneration of the public realm from different points of view, with the main purpose of optimizing its social, functional, technological and energetic requirements. Under this premise, the text aims at identifying intervention strategies that, in addition to satisfying the basic needs for fruitiv...
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Climate change, urban population growth and resource shortages are the most crucial issues of our time. The global trend is rapid urban population growth, although this trend is decreasing in European countries. In this context, availability, distribution and the adequate management of resources are the fundamental issues that need to be addressed...
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The term appropriation in general definition, is known as a temporary phenomenon that implies a dynamic process (human activities) of interaction between the individual and its surroundings (built environment). The term in generally used to illuminate the connection between people and public spaces in social science; however, the footprint of envir...
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https://www.theccd.org/articles/climatewalks-human-centered-environmental-sensing
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Climate is the primary factor that allows the use of public spaces. In particular, microclimate describes the conditions that human beings continuously experience through their senses. Microclimate most drastically affects conditions in cities, the places where society, economy and environment converge and where walkability, comfort and health are...
Conference Paper
Microclimate among further key factors has a fundamental influence on how people occupy and use public spaces in dense urban environments. Respectively, comfort evaluation of outdoor spaces is essential due to the fact that they accommodate daily pedestrian flows and various outdoor activities, also they contribute largely to urban livability and v...
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Microclimate has among further key factors a fundamental influence on how people occupy and use public spaces in dense urban environments. Comfort evaluation of outdoor spaces is essential since they accommodate daily pedestrian traffic and various outdoor activities, also they contribute largely to urban liveability and vitality. In the wider cont...
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Environmental data acquisition tools are broadly used for climate monitoring and urban comfort assessment followed by data mining and sensing techniques for putting into evidence the relationship between environmental qualities of urban spaces and human well-being. Within this context, an environmental toolkit is a fundamental tool to evaluate tran...
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The joint Research presented in the text, financed by MIUR DAAD funds, is dealing with the regene-ration of urban open spaces in the German city of Munich, focusing in particular on the 'intermediate spaces dedicated to commerce' in the historical fabric. The cooperation between the Planning Design Technology of Architecture PDTA Department of La S...
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The primary purpose of this paper is to illustrate the process of experimental research regarding the smart and synergic urban districts/smart and dynamic energy systems relationship, conducted by the authors as part of their activities at Technische Universität München and carried out until realization on both an urban and an architectural scale....
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The quality of urban spaces is fundamental to the liveability of cities. In past decades, many studies at different scales have developed methodologies to evaluate comfort conditions in public spaces, as this aspect is essential for making cities more walkable. In this context, the present study develops a methodology for evaluating quality of citi...
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Personal comfort models predict an individual’s thermal comfort instead of the average response for a large population. We attempted to develop personal comfort models for car drivers using data collected from 10 cars while driving for approximately 2,000 hr. We measured conditions collected by the CAN-bus (Controller Area Network), a data acquisit...
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One of the main consequences of increasing urbanization in dense metropolitan contexts is the issue of microclimate and its relevance for dwellers due to heat and cold stress peak points. Extreme cases occur in tropical climates, where people are constantly exposed to heat stress. This research evaluates - as a case study - heat tolerance of people...
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The concept of resilience in urban design and decision-making is principally focused on change instead of resistance over an adaptive process. For cities, this concept in a broader scale means how to withstand unforeseen events that will fundamentally amend the city's wellbeing, rather than being stabilized and protected. The same concept is applic...
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The environmental quality of public space is of determining importance for generating attractive urban spaces. The center of European historical cities is usually structured along market places that during the last centuries have partially shifted their function, still maintaining a high level of spatial quality and attractiveness. The present stud...
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Environmental conditions strongly affect the use of public space and influence movement patterns: the evaluation of these conditions demands innovative computational methodologies and tools to collect data, process it and interpret such huge arrays of information. Computational and coupling methodologies open the way for developing an integrated un...
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The totality of environmental conditions regulates the use of public space and influence socio-technical questions. Among many factors that determine the quality of outdoor spaces, the outdoor microclimate is an important issue. The evaluation of these conditions demands innovative computational methodologies and tools. The challenge for designers...
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The MUCA project follows up to the more general issue of adaptive buildings. The symbiotic relation between the building itself and the proximal context, with the related opportunities that it offers, is the primary parameter that informs the design process. The territorial dimension and the articulation on different scales create interactions betw...
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Daylight has always had a relevant part in design for architects and engineers since really ancient times. Even if light had such an important role in the design process, new methods for quantifying more precisely lighting levels have been discovered just in the last decade. In this research, issues related to daylight in office buildings - due to...
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School buildings are the fourth-largest energy consumer for space heating in Germany's tertiary sector, and thus, a key target for potential energy savings. Achieving an energy-optimised and low carbon building requires the investigation of both operational and embodied energy of alternative design options during early planning stages. This paper i...
Technical Report
Das Konzept der «Grauen Energie», d.h. die Kalkulation der Energiemenge, die für Herstellung, Transport, Lagerung, Verkauf und Entsorgung eines Produktes benötigt wird, sowie die Betrachtung von Lebenszyklen einzelner Gebäudebestandteile gewinnen erst seit einiger Zeit an Bedeutung. Im Forschungsprojekt“ Entwicklung von Strategien zur Implementieru...
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Climate change, population growth and resource shortages are the most crucial issues of our time. Natural disasters, migration flows and waste accumulation are the most visible effects. While the population is decreasing in European countries, the global trend is a rapid growth, especially in cities. In this context, availability, distribution and...
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The German Academy in Rome "Villa Massimo" is a property of the “Federal Republic of Germany” and the most important institution for promoting German artists abroad. The complex, which consists of different buildings included in a park, was built in first decade of the 20th century inspired by the renaissance villas and by the contemporary architec...

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This collaborative project develops new approaches to architecture and environment relations and interactions based on the objective that architecture should be in the service of the natural environment.
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Impact of Microclimate on People Flows in dense Urban Space Climate change will be manifested in cities and elsewhere in a variety of direct and subtle ways, e.g., by more extreme and adverse type weather events, such as heat waves, flooding and extreme discomfort conditions. Among many factors that determine the quality of outdoor spaces, the outdoor microclimate is an important issue. Besides the climate change issues, increasing urban population determines a densification of cities with an increasing need of resources. Outdoor spaces are important to sustainable cities because they accommodate daily pedestrian traffic and various outdoor activities and contribute greatly to urban livability and vitality. Encouraging more people on the streets and in outdoor spaces will benefit cities from various perspectives, including physical, environmental, economical, and social aspects. The influence of thermal comfort on outdoor activities is a complex issue comprising both climatic and behavioral aspects. This research investigates on the relation between outdoor comfort and people’s presence and their individual mobility in dense urban spaces, with the aim of finding a systematic relation. The model could provide new approaches to understanding the influences of the outdoor thermal environment on human activity and people’s use of outdoor space, and to the planning implications to create more livable public spaces and to counteract more frequent extreme climatic phenomena