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Estimating material and energy intensities of urban areas

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dc.contributor.advisor John E Fernández. en_US Quinn, David James, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2012-09-13T18:53:45Z 2012-09-13T18:53:45Z 2012 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. in Architecture: Building Technology)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-199). en_US
dc.description.abstract The objective of this thesis is to develop methods to estimate, analyze and visualize the resource intensity of urban areas. Understanding the resource consumption of the built environment is particularly relevant in cities that are rapidly growing, as the urban forms that emerge have long-term consequences for both the quality of life of the inhabitants, and their future material and energy demands. This work was completed by assembling datasets of cities from around the world, identifying geometric patterns in the built environment, relating these geometric patterns to material and energy intensities, and illustrating these intensities in a visually intuitive way. This thesis describes a standardized analytical approach to assess the physical characteristics of the built environment, enabling comparisons to be made between cities. This approach provides a preliminary assessment of resource intensities that may be useful for decision-makers to compare differences among a variety of urban forms. Finally, a new web-map visualization tool has been developed that enables users to gain an understanding of the resource intensity of 40 cities in the USA. This tool allows the user to explore the resource intensity of urban areas using a web-browser, and to dynamically generate reports that can compare areas within a city, or entire cities, to each other. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by David James Quinn. en_US
dc.format.extent 199 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Estimating material and energy intensities of urban areas en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Architecture: Building Technology en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 806472866 en_US

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