research projects

energy conscious urban planning, 2011

2010 (since) | energy conscious urban planning
The city is intended as an ecologic and energy system. The research moves from the recognition of urban patterns as energy basins with different features. For instance, different urban forms show alternative opportunities and suggest different solutions in order to reach energy self-sufficiency. The reseach implemnts planning tools for the assessment of urban energy demand and the potential renewable energy production and of the built environment by considering the physical layout of the city.
credits: Eugenio Morello

campus sostenibile, 2011

2011 (since) | campus sostenibile
Città Studi Campus Sostenibile is a project promoted by Politecnico di Milano and Università di Milano. The project aims at transforming the whole campus neighborhood into an urban area being exemplar in Milan with respect to life quality and environmental sustainability. The project is open to the participation and support of researchers, students and all campus citizens.
credits: POLIMI (Alessandro Balducci, Manuela Grecchi), UNIMI (Dario Casati, Alessandro Toccolini)

solarmaps, 2010

2010 | solar maps
A complete methodology from the extraction of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to the solar irradiation analysis of urban models and the visualization of results is presented. The use of a hybrid approach from raw LiDAR data and vectorial digital maps (GIS data) of building footprints for the interpolation of a 2.5-D urban surface model allows to process and compute irradiation values for facades and roofs separately.
credits: Luis Borges Quina, Claudio Carneiro, Gilles Desthieux, Eugenio Morello

florenceheatmaps, 2010

2010 | urban heat maps
This project explores a method to estimate the energy needs for heating at the district level. The technique is based on an hybrid approach that males use of raw LiDAR data and vectorial digital maps (GIS data) of building footprints for the interpolation of a 2.5-D urban surface model.
credits: Carla Balocco, Claudio Carneiro, Virginia Gori, Eugenio Morello

urban morphometrics, 2010

2010 | urban morphometrics
The study investigetes and tries to quantify morphological properties of the urban form. In particular, several properties related to shape and functions (accessibility and land uses) of a series of urban blocks in different cities are explored and compared.
credits: Eugenio Morello, Sergio Porta, Adel Remali, Ombretta Romice, Emanuele Strano

sustainable urban blocks, 2009

2009 | sustainable urban blocks
A tool for quantifying energy contributions of both lighting and heating, revealing the energy-based implications of formal design choices is presented. The hypothesis is that significant energy savings in indoor spaces can be achieved by controlling urban geometry variables (shape, orientation, height and density of buildings, glazing ratio) typically defined in the initial stages of master-planning design.
credits: Carla Balocco, Virginia Gori, Eugenio Morello, Carlo Ratti

raster cities, 2009

2009 | raster cities
Can we increase the sustainability of our cities just by reshaping the urban form? Can we for instance improve energy performance and environmental quality by rearranging the urban fabric? Can we measure and predict environmental indicators at the macro-scale of the city, a scale of action which is seldom considered in energy performance simulations?
credits: Eugenio Morello, Carlo Ratti with Sergio Porta, Alessandro Balducci

urban heat island mitigation, 2007

2007 | urban heat island mitigation
A model intended for urban designers is investigated, and it sets out to evaluate critical areas in the city context and define sustainable design solutions and concrete actions on the physical environment, in order to increase thermal comfort.
credits: Anna Mangiarotti, Ingrid Paoletti, Eugenio Morello; project founded by ItalCementi Group

a digital image of the city, 2005

2005 | a digital image of the city
New techniques to measure 2D and 3D visibility over urban spaces are investigated. The concept of the isovist, that is, the visible space from a vantage point, provides a quantifiable basis for Lynch's urban analysis. We also expand on the concept of 3D isovists and develop a new technique to calculate them on digital elevation models
credits: Eugenio Morello, Carlo Ratti

sunscapes, 2005

2005 | sunscapes
The aim of this work is twofold: first, it simplifies ‘solar envelope’ calculations, making them easier to carry out over extensive urban areas; second, the proposed routines refine the definition of solar envelopes so that they reflect more accurately the actual irradiation of the city and make results directly applicable in urban planning.
credits: Eugenio Morello, Carlo Ratti