04/03/2020 Louvain4Water Seminar - Real Cool - Research through Design for Cool Urban Water Environments

Wednesday04 March 2020

14:00 - 18:00

Auditoire Gerty Cori
Tour Laennec, 57 - Woluwe


The objective of the Louvain4Water Seminars is to strengthen the network of researchers and other actors working in the water domain at UCLouvain and identify common actions in this domain.

For this meeting, we are pleased to receive Prof. Sanda Lenzholzer (Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR) who will give a keynote speech on the project "REALCOOL - Research through Design for Cool Urban Water Environments".

In addition to this, the Louvain4Water Seminar will offer its members the opportunity to pitch their research works on topics related to water (app. 3 minutes per presentation). Please do not hesitate to contact us through the registration form below if you wish to present your work. The presentation can equally be in French or English.

Keynote by Prof. Sanda Lenzholzer (Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR) REALCOOL - Research through Design for Cool Urban Water Environments

Urban design practitioners believed that urban water bodies (such as canals, ditches or ponds) can solve urban heat problems but recent research shows that the cooling effect of large water bodies during summer is limited over day and can actually induce a night-time warming effect. But what is the situation around small water bodies and how can they provide cooling for their environment? This was studied in the ‘Really cooling water bodies in cities’ (REALCOOL) project. In a Research Through Design process we explored the most effective combinations of shading, water vaporisation and natural ventilation to cool smaller water bodies. It showed that the water itself cannot be cooled effectively, but that the environment of the water bodies can be cooled: shading was the most important factor followed by openness to wind and evaporating water through fountains and sprays. We created virtual prototypes/ design guidelines that we tested according to criteria such as water-storage capacity, compatibility with other urban functions, costs, maintenance and effects on public health. Our user committee concluded that the final prototypes can be easily applied in design practice.

Pitches presentations

Infrastructure, Topography and Landscape - Daniel Otero Peña – UCLouvain LOCI (

The Language of Water. Mapping water systems across Belgian regions - Thaïs Delefortrie - UCLouvain LOCI (

Designing with uncertainty: Nature-based Solutions for Flood Resilience  Sareh Moosavi - ULB

2D modeling of Cavaillon River floods in the Southern province of Haiti - Gerardson Mathieu – UCLouvain IMMC (

Citizen Science for smart water monitoring in Tunisia - Raed Fehri, Patrick Bogaert, Slaheddine Khlifi, Marnik Vanclooster - UCLouvain ELI (

Exploring Causes of Streamflow Alterations in the Isser Catchment, Algeria - Mokrane Kadir - UCLouvain - ELI

Cartographie du potentiel en eau souterraine dans le bassin versant de la Medjerda( Nord est Algérien) - Mohammed Bouklab, Marnik Vanclooster - UClouvain, ELI


Auditoire Gerty Cori

Tour Laennec
Avenue Hippocrate, 57



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