The purpose of the research paper "take a seat"is to explore the concept of standing or sitting in public urban spaces, with references both to the terms "sit" and "seat" as well as the urban equipment that they involve. The main theme is approached with emphasis on principles and criteria such as the bioclimatic design of outdoor spaces, but also the satisfaction of the thermal comfort of their users.
Thematically, the research is divided into three sections. The first part analyses matters that include the appearance, the evolution, the classification, the importance and the use of open spaces. Then, it describes the impact of natural and human factors on the quality of urban environment and records the specific comfort conditions in outdoor spaces.
The second part is a more thorough reference to bioclimatic design and the theoretical knowledge that comes with it. Following, there is a transition to a more practical level, by listing studies of redeveloped public urban spaces and examples of urban furniture design.
Finally, the third part examines the importance of standing or sitting as well as the "types of sitting" and urban equipment. Moreover, by combining the knowledge assimilated by the survey as a whole, a model of urban furniture is proposed, which aims to satisfy users and to activate and expand the use of outdoor urban spaces throughout the year. The model "take a seat" consists of a modular, repeatable system that can be adapted to the individual needs and requirements of the space and its users. It incorporates various scenarios of use, ranging from the case of a simple bench to the case of a more complex bus stop. It can also incorporate new technologies that can further improve the thermal comfort of users and make it a promising proposal of urban furniture.