Gallery: MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Develo...

Another low-energy neighborhood prototype: the Reinvented Enclave. This urban form creates clusters of development around wind and water features that mitigate climate. This reduces the need for heating and cooling, as well as water transport.

MIT researchers, in collaboration with China’s Tsinghua University, have recently created a new set of tools to evaluate the energy performance of large-scale development projects. The tools are a response to China’s rapid urbanization and succession of ever-larger housing and infrastructure projects. The researchers’ goal was to help shape the process of urbanization one neighborhood at a time, producing cleaner energy patterns than would otherwise exist.

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