The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities by Troy Austin (2014-01-28) Paperback

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24. January 2018 by Ben S
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  1. Energy Use Optimization, Spearhead of Urban Competitiveness Austin Troy explores the economic competitiveness of cities in the light of what he calls their urban energy metabolism, i.e., the different rates at which cities consume energy. The drivers of this urban energy metabolism are for example climate, access to water, the quality of buildings, industrial use, and transportation/urban development. Too many American cities are car-dependent, sprawling agglomerations. Think for example about Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles. In European and Asian…

  2. How did New York become the greenest city in the US, by key measures? Why has LA always been car-centered, and is there any hope for LA transit? Troy uses the concept of urban metabolism to explore the past, present, and future of communities in the US, with examples from the Americas and Europe. How do we use energy, and how can we live better with less? What urban design principles make people happier and safer, and make cities healthier and wealthier?This first edition is well…

  3. This book arrived in good condition. It wasn’t in perfect condition, but I wasn’t expecting to receive it that way, so I’m very happy with my purchase. Also, the book itself (it’s content) is great. I’ve enjoyed reading about how U.S. cities came to be organized the way that they are and the European (and U.S.) examples that have been offered thus far of what future cities in the U.S. could look like have been inspiring and also legitimately insightful. I’d recommend that anyone interested in…