dr.ir. M.M.E. (Marjolein) Pijpers-van Esch

Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch

dr. ir. (M.M.E.) Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch

Dr. Ir. (M.M.E.) Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch

Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch is specialised in the design of the urban microclimate on the scale levels of the street, neighbourhood and city. An urban microclimate is the distinctive climate in a small-scale urban area, and is constituted by the influence of the built environment on the larger scale climatic conditions. The atmospheric variables (solar radiation, daylight, wind, air quality, sound) in a microclimate can deviate substantially from the conditions prevailing over a larger area. In other words: the design of a city and its components sets the conditions for their microclimates.

A graduation project should comprise of both research and design. It can range from a hypothetical study to an actual problem. Possible graduation topics related to Marjolein’s expertise are:

  • (Re-)designing public space to improve public health
  • Spatial conditions for a healthy microclimate
  • Urban heat island mitigation
  • A toolbox for climate-sensitive urban design

Departure: Urban Climate Adaptation
Related: Water, Energy

Van Leeuwenhoek Park

Key publications

Designing the urban microclimate: A framework for a design-decision tool for the dissemination of knowledge on the urban microclimate to the urban design process
van Esch MME. van Timmeren Arjan (supervisor) & Hordijk Truus (supervisor).(2015) 308 p.

The effects of urban and building design parameters on solar access to the urban canyon and the potential for direct passive solar heating strategies
van Esch MME, Looman RHJ & Hordijk GJ.(2012) In: Energy and Buildings. 47, April, p. 189-200 12 p.

How to make a city climate-proof, addressing the urban heat island effect.
Kleerekoper, L, Van Esch, MME & Salcedo, BT.(2012) In: Recources, Conservation and Recycling, 64, July, p. 30-38 9 p.

Knowledge on Urban Microclimates in the Urban Planning and Design Process
van Esch MME. (2009) Smart Building in a Changing Climate. van den Dobbelsteen A., van Dorst M & van Timmeren A (eds.). Amsterdam., p. 187-200 250 p.