SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND OUTDOOR COMFORT

The past century has seen a steady decline in human-powered and public means of transportation in urban areas. The evaluation of walkability in neighborhoods and cities is subjective, and depends on many interfacing parameters that include outdoor thermal comfort. That is why this focus area develops tools and metrics for designers to enhance sustainable mobility in urban design and planning practices.


Night time mobility mapping in Downtown Syracuse. (Rakha, T. and Martinez, C. “Human-powered Mobility Programming Needs in Mid-sized US Cities: the Case of Syracuse NY,” In Proceedings of PLEA 2017, 02-05 July, Edinburgh: Scotland.)

Night time mobility mapping in Downtown Syracuse.

(Rakha, T. and Martinez, C. “Human-powered Mobility Programming Needs in Mid-sized US Cities: the Case of Syracuse NY,” In Proceedings of PLEA 2017, 02-05 July, Edinburgh: Scotland.)

Feasibility Assessment of Sustainable Transportation (FAST: Syracuse)

This project studies the feasibility of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the City of Syracuse via interventions that are designed to increase walking and biking, shared vehicles and the use of public transportation.

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha (PI), Ed Bogucz (co-PI), Tammy Rosanio (co-Investigator), Christian Martinez, and Michaela Wozniak. Previously: Maria Coconato, Elise Chelak, Deena Darby, Anuradha Desai, Rutuja Ganoo, Alice Gorodetsky. Ruting Li and Stephanie Portmann.

Partners:

Barton and Loguidice (B&L), Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Hitachi Consulting Clean Communities of Central New York (CCCNY) and Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC).

Funded By:

New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

 
MRT mapping of Downtown Syracuse. (Rakha, T., Zhand, P. and Reinhart, C F. “A framework for outdoor mean radiant temperature simulation: towards spatially resolved thermal comfort mapping in urban spaces,” In Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017, 07 -09 August, San Francisco: USA).

MRT mapping of Downtown Syracuse.

(Rakha, T., Zhand, P. and Reinhart, C F. “A framework for outdoor mean radiant temperature simulation: towards spatially resolved thermal comfort mapping in urban spaces,” In Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017, 07 -09 August, San Francisco: USA).

Mean Radiant Temperature Simulation for Annual Outdoor Thermal Comfort Performance Mapping

This project develops a new simulation methodology for spatially and temporally resolved outdoor thermal comfort assessment linked to evaluating neighborhood walkability. The workflow is developed as part of the urban modeling tool umi,  a plugin for the CAD software Rhino3D developed by the MIT Sustainable Design Lab. 

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha, Pouya Zhand and Christoph Reinhart.

Partners:

MIT Sustainable Design Lab (SDL).