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

 
The Urban Sponge Clean Energy Neighborhood Prototype. This proven low-energy urban form is characterized by fine grained, high density, mixed use development carefully oriented to the sun.

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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