Paris Post-Oil : Energy Conscious Urban Infill Development

Vienna young Scientists Symposium (VSS), page 58-59. Gumpoldskirchen,, (2016)


The effects of climate change through energy consumption and emissions on urban life can no longer be ignored. Thus we are creating post oil scenarios using Paris as a case study to simulate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as well as reduction of path distances (“city of short distances”) in order to find out more about how urban planning can influence developments incorporating the idea of reducing primary energy demand and emissions. These scenarios include actual urban development and master plans as well as detailed test planning for certain neighbourhoods. Based on these scenarios we analyse the effects of urban planning on energy and environment by developing a combination of methods for creating a decision and planning support tool. Scales, accessibility and morphology are inextricably interwoven. Only a well-functioning system across scales can be highly efficient. Consequently, we offer a multi-scalar approach on the city using the method of the geometric street network modelling in combination with a lifecycle assessment method. Paris post-oil is as much about the future as it is about the past. We analyse the urban fabric starting from the baroque grid via Haussmann’s interventions until the implementation of high-ranked road networks installed for automobiles during the 20th century2 in order to learn more about the potential of robust and adaptive patterns and how to use them for creating highly efficient, walkable neighbourhoods for future developments – in the sense that every vision of the future is based on a vision of the past.



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