| Project Started: February 2014|
Funding Sponsor: CTBUH
Anticipated Project Completion: February 2016
Principal Investigators: Dr. Antony Wood, CTBUH/IIT & Peng Du, CTBUH/IIT
|The research study is aimed at understanding what factors really do contribute to “sustainability” in an urban/suburban context.
Though the belief in the sustainability benefits of "dense" versus "dispersed" is driving the development of cities over the world, the principal has never actually been examined at a detailed level. This study is thus focused on demystifying the myths on both sides of the density vs. sprawl debate. The fundamental objectives of this research project are two-fold; (i) to investigate the true sustainability aspects of people’s lifestyle through a comparison of Chicago downtown high-rise and suburban low-rise living, and (ii) to develop a methodology for this evaluation for the benefit of other cities globally.
- 2016, October: Paper published in CTBUH 2016 Conference Proceedings
- 2015, March: IIT Magazine Features Co-project Investigator Peng Du
- 2014, November: Study featured in Engineering News - Record
- 2014, June: Co-project Investigator, Peng Du was awarded the 2013-14 ARCC/King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research from his contribution to this research project.
- 2014, June: Study launched in the Aqua Tower, Chicago.
- 2014, May: Study launched in the Commonwealth Plaza, Chicago.
- 2014, May: CTBUH sponsored Second Friday social event in the Legacy at Millennium Park.
- 2014, April: Oak Park newspaper interviewed Co-project Investigator, Antony Wood.
- 2014, April: CTBUH Research Team joined the fifth annual Earth Fest in Oak Park.
- 2014, March: Study launched in the Legacy at Millennium Park, Chicago.
- 2014, February: Study launched in Oak Park, IL.
- 2014, February: Project commencement.
|Suburban low-rise case studies: Oak Park, IL|
| The initial phase of this study is being undertaken based on two case studies: a series of residential towers in the City of Chicago as the urban high-rise case studies, and Oak Park as the suburban low-rise case studies. A phase II of the project will take place in other suburban areas. In these two scenarios, the multidisciplinary research embraces factors such as the embodied energy of the materials in the inhabitation; the actual monthly energy consumption of the home (and the implications of differing power sources – electric, gas, bio-fuel, district heating, etc.); mobility movements through all modes of transport – walking, bicycling, automobile, bus, CTA train, Metra, etc.; the embodied and operating energy of the infrastructure to support inhabitation; and the other direct energy-carbon implications of each lifestyle. |
The research project engages with individuals, couples and families in the households that inform the study to determine issues on the quality of life between dense high rise and suburban low rise living.