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

The research and new tools were also used this past summer by five teams of graduate students from MIT and Tsinghua University to develop proposals for new Clean Energy Neighborhoods in a town being planned on a new high-speed rail line. Their "Criss-Cross" prototype was assessed to not only be exceedingly energy efficient, but also highly livable.

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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