The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency And The Economic Fate Of Cities

Paperback | January 28, 2014

byAustin Troy

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As global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city's energy consumption becomes increasingly tied to its economic viability, warns the author of The Very Hungry City. Austin Troy, a seasoned expert in urban environmental management, explains for general readers how a city with a high "urban energy metabolism"—that is, a city that needs large amounts of energy in order to function—will be at a competitive disadvantage in the future. He explores why cities have different energy metabolisms and discusses an array of innovative approaches to the problems of expensive energy consumption.

Troy looks at dozens of cities and suburbs in Europe and the United States—from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denver to the Swedish urban redevelopment project Hammarby Sjöstad—to understand the diverse factors that affect their energy use: behavior, climate, water supply, building quality, transportation, and others. He then assesses some of the most imaginative solutions that cities have proposed, among them green building, energy-efficient neighborhoods, symbiotic infrastructure, congestion pricing, transit-oriented development, and water conservation. To conclude, the author addresses planning and policy approaches that can bring about change and transform the best ideas into real solutions.

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As global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city's energy consumption becomes increasingly tied to its economic viability, warns the author of The Very Hungry City. Austin Troy, a seasoned expert in urban environmental management, explains for general readers how a city with a high "urban energy metabolism"—that is, a city tha...

Austin Troy is associate professor in the Department of Planning and Design, University of Colorado, Denver, and principal and cofounder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.06 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300198353

ISBN - 13:9780300198355

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“I felt I had learned a lot about the reasons that energy utilization patterns in urban America are as wasteful and intense as they are.  I've not seen another book like this.”—Lawrence E. Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology