Work under this theme investigates new generation of conceptual and practical urban planning models. These represent not only geographical patterns of land use and physical built forms, but also business and household behaviour.
The issues examined include:
- Land use planning in city regions with potentially significant land requirements for generating renewable energy.
- Location of businesses among competing cities and development of the housing markets.
- Alternative building forms and density, and their impact on energy use for travel and activities within buildings.
- Appropriate geographic scales for implementing energy supply technologies, especially distributed power.
Model outputs inform medium to long term strategies for environmental improvements in cities, under operative constraints of business efficiency and quality of life.
Dr Ying Jin from the Department of Architecture leads the research in this area.