2016: Building Better Cities
Cities are getting denser every day. Buildings currently produce one-third of the world’s carbon emissions—so urban development is both a problem and an opportunity to mitigate climate change. Urban designers need next-generation modeling tools that move past single-building analysis to support master planning for energy efficiency, solar power, light, and ventilation. The researchers will develop software tools to model energy and climate impacts of hundreds of buildings together. These easy-to-use tools will help planners create more livable and sustainable urban habitats.