2010 | sustainable urban blocks          [back]

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


Morello E., Gori V., Balocco C., Ratti C., 2009, "Sustainable urban block design through passive architecture: A tool that uses urban geometry optimization to compute energy savings", Proceedings of the 26nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture , Quebec City, Canada, pp. 146-151.