Center for Environmental Building & Design

  • City Building: Concentration of Urban Assets in the Philadelphia Region

    Energy systems diagram of Delaware Valley Region.

     

City Building: Concentration of Urban Assets in the Philadelphia Region

William W. Braham, Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, Jae Min Lee, Barry Silverman, Nasrin Khansari

Energy is the ultimate driver for urban growth, providing the engine for its physical and economic activities, however it is the concentration of energy into more valuable forms—such as fuels, buildings, institutions, and knowledge—that underlies the capacity for development. The goal of the project was to evaluate the interactions between resources flows (renewable and non-renewable) and the spatial distribution of assets, using household consumption as the primary lens through which to construct a regional e[m]ergy model.