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Unpacking Density: Exploiting Urban Design Variables in Carbon Reduction Strategies
Delft University.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. (Urban Planning and Urban Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2386-0663
Delft University.
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, ISSN 1893-5281, Vol. 26, no 2, 9-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has indicated a consistent association between higher residential density (expressed per capita) and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (also expressed per capita) when other factors are held equal. However, the factors contributing to the benefits of density, and the ways they interact, are less well understood. In this paper we examine three such factors: the distribution of destinations, the provision of viable pedestrian-based multi-modal pathways, and, least understood but perhaps most intriguing, the «network effects» that appear to arise from the structural dynamics of certain features of urban networks. We present the case that these factors can be exploited by urban designers as variable elements within design, as part of a strategy to achieve ambitious carbon reduction goals.

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sintef akademisk forlag, 2014. Vol. 26, no 2, 9-34 p.
Keyword [en]
Density, Urban Design, Planning, Environment
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Architecture; Planning and Decision Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165792OAI: diva2:808820

QC 20150505

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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