The iSCAPE project works on integrating and advancing the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. It tackles the problem of reducing air pollution impacts, focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces, on policy intervention and behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle. Projections and real-world physical interventions will be applied on the urban tissue in the selected cities assessed for future climate change scenarios and representative of different cultural & lifestyles in Europe.
iSCAPE fully embraces the Living Lab approach by bringing together all interested stakeholders around the challenge of co-creating real-time interventions – the passive control systems (PCSs) – designed ad-hoc for each test case and then deployed and tested in our seven real-life Cities.The effects in terms of altered air flow mechanisms on the local air quality and microclimate will be simulated using existing models and algorithms developed as part of the iSCAPE project in order to select the most effective PCS, particularly focusing on areas with populations vulnerable to air pollution e.g. schools and homes for the elderly near high-trafficked roads, for each Living Lab.