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.
Feasibility Assessment of Sustainable Transportation (FAST: Syracuse)
2016 - 2017
This project studied 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.
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.
Mean Radiant Temperature Simulation for Annual Outdoor Thermal Comfort Performance Mapping
2012 - 2017
This project developed 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.
Tarek Rakha, Pouya Zhand and Christoph Reinhart.
MIT Sustainable Design Lab (SDL).