Conference Paper
Standardized Analysis of Urban Form

Despite the availability of detailed data for describing cities, there is a shortage of tools that enable standardized analyses of urban areas, and the associated resource consumption. The objective of this research is to contribute to the development of a standardized method for analysis, so that material and energy consumption can be quantified. Analyzing the resource consumption of the built environment is particularly relevant in cities that are rapidly growing, as short-term planning decisions will have long-term consequences for both the quality of life of the inhabitants, and the future energy and material use of the urban area. Index Terms—urbanization, resource usage, material, energy, geographic information systems

Title
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFernandez J, Quinn D
Conference NameInternational Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST)
Date Published08/2011
Conference LocationChicago, IL
Abstract

Despite the availability of detailed data for describing cities, there is a shortage of tools that enable standardized analyses of urban areas, and the associated resource consumption. The objective of this research is to contribute to the development of a standardized method for analysis, so that material and energy consumption can be quantified. Analyzing the resource consumption of the built environment is particularly relevant in cities that are rapidly growing, as short-term planning decisions will have long-term consequences for both the quality of life of the inhabitants, and the future energy and material use of the urban area. Index Terms—urbanization, resource usage, material, energy, geographic information systems