Urban and Building Design Methods for Resource Management

Peter Andreas Sattrup

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Design has great impacts on resource use. For instance, the demand for transportation is dependent on thedesign of cities, the demand for energy is dependent on the design of buildings, which in turn affect thehealth and well-being of citizens, society’s human resources and social capital, to name but a fewdimensions. Engineers may influence decision making at all levels, and do in many instances have directresponsibility for decision making, - however many (Civil) engineers don’t really think of themselves asdesigners. However this perception is changing. Engineering is fundamentally a design discipline. Having a structured approach to design methods, a design methodology, is a fundamental aid in decisionmaking and resource management through design. At DTU Civil Engineering experiments are made in crossdisciplinary collaboration between engineers of different specializations and outside collaborators. Designmethodologies are invented addressing urban and building design issues, making performance, resourceuse and environmental impacts transparent.This talk discusses how design methods can be used for decision support in urban and building design,based on quantitative modelling and qualitative research. Examples from practice will serve as cases, whereresearch based design methods have been developed into innovative design tools and services.The discussion is taken further as there is a pressing demand for further cross disciplinary integration andcollaboration on developing tools and methods for resource management and decision support regardingthe development of the built environment towards a sustainable future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract Book - DTU Sustain Conference 2014
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventDTU Sustain Conference 2014 - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Dec 201417 Dec 2014


ConferenceDTU Sustain Conference 2014
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
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