Spatial heterogeneity for environmental performance and resilient behavior in energy and transportation systems

Jimeno A. Fonseca, Laura Estévez-Mauriz, Claudiu Forgaci, Nils Björling

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Abstract

This paper describes an assessment of the effects of spatial heterogeneity on the future performance and resilience of an urban area. For this, indicators of environmental performance and resilience of critical infrastructures (energy and transportation systems) are explored. The approach combines established methodologies of building performance simulation, energy systems analysis, and environmental impact assessment of buildings and transportation systems. The study is centered on future urban design scenarios for an industrial neighborhood in Switzerland. For this case study, multi-functionality is proportional to the performance and resilience of critical infrastructures. Mono-functionality improves the resilience and performance of energy systems with a negative effect on that of transportation systems. Building intensity, and resource intensive users were found to play a higher role into the future performance and resilience of the area. The findings of this research could complement planning approaches of sustainable and resilient urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-145
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Urban resilience
  • Environmental performance
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Decision making
  • Sound environment
  • Spatial heterogeneity

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