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Sustainable Energy Landscapes


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Preamble. Sustainable Energy Landscapes: An Introduction. Reading the Changing Energy Landscape. Strong Feelings: Emotional Landscape of Wind Turbines. Methods. Energy Potential Mapping and Heat Mapping: Prerequisite for Energy-Conscious Planning and Design. Five-Step Approach to the Design of Sustainable Energy Landscapes. Multicriteria Decision Analysis for the Planning and Design of Sustainable Energy Landscapes. Energy Landscape Visualization: Scientific Quality and Social Responsibility of a Powerful Tool. Developing a Planning Theory for Wicked Problems: Swarm Planning. Planning Sustainable Energy Landscapes: From Collaborative Approaches to Individuals' Active Planning. Integrated Optimization of Spatial Structures and Energy Systems. Employing Exergy and Carbon Models to Determine the Sustainability of Alternative Energy Landscapes. Case studies. Energy-Conscious Design Practice in Asia: Smart City Chengdu and the Taiwan Strait Smart Region. Conduit Urbanism: Rethinking Infrastructural Ecologies in the Great Lakes Megaregion, North America. Bi-Productive Urban Landscapes: Urban Resilience through a Redevelopment of Postindustrial Space in the United Kingdom. Spatial Modeling for Community Renewable Energy Planning: Case Studies in British Columbia, Canada. Initiating and Analyzing Renewable Energy Transitions in Germany: The District, Village, and Farm Scale. Energy-Conscious Planning Practice in Austria: Strategic Planning for Energy-Optimized Urban Structures. Assessment of Sustainability for the Danish Island of Samso by Application of a Work Energy (Exergy) Balance: A Preliminary Assessment. Carbon Emission Intensity and Areal Empower Density: Combining Two Systemic Indicators to Inform the Design and Planning of Sustainable Energy Landscapes. Education. Designing Sustainable Energy Islands: Applying the Five-Step Approach in a Graduate Stu

About the Author

Sven Stremke, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His research commenced with a particular focus on the mitigation of climate change (sustainable energy landscapes) and has been expanded to include adaptation to climate change (climate-robust landscapes). His research and design has been published in scientific journals, and he has presented his work around the world. Each year, Dr. Stremke and his colleagues conduct commissioned projects on sustainable energy landscapes. He is a member of the scientific advisory board to the New Development of Methods and Tools for Estimation of Sustainability research project in Denmark. Recently, he initiated the launch of an online platform that provides information on projects, publications, teaching, and other activities with regard to energy landscapes (www.NRGlab.net). Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Ph.D., is a full professor of climate design and sustainability at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is the coordinator of the Green Building Innovation research program and the built environment theme leader for the Delft Energy Initiative. Dr. Dobbelsteen lectures and leads research projects in various areas of sustainability in the built environment, most notably on sustainable energy systems for neighborhoods, cities, and regions. He has authored many publications, both scientific and popular, and is one of the expert authors for the Dutch national website on sustainable building (www.duurzaamgebouwd.nl). Dr. Dobbelsteen has chaired various national and international events, and he is the joint coordinator of the CIB Working Commission 116 (Smart and Sustainable Built Environments) and a member of several juries, including the Gulden Feniks, the D


"This book is a wonderful opportunity to lift your view on sustainable design to a whole new level. It is the first serious effort at exploring the interplay between energy systems, on the one hand, and physical landscapes on the other. ... a 'tour de force'. It fearlessly integrates a broad range of perspectives, disciplines and case studies. It re-frames the discussion on sustainable design by asking deep questions. How might the transition to renewable energy systems be accommodated in a crowded world? Does the integration of sustainable energy systems require that we redefine our approach to urban and rural planning and design? Does it help to see all landscapes as energy landscapes? The book is at once playful and revealing." -Sebastian Moffatt, Executive Director of the CONSENSUS Institute, British Columbia, Canada "This book is an important contribution towards a fruitful discourse about alternative routes which build on and deviate away from a fossil driven society. It points out various paths towards a more sustainable and resilient future, making use of a variety of sources of energy being available as a unique set of opportunities at the local and regional level. This book provides the best guide yet towards 'Sustainable Energy Landscapes'." -Gert de Roo, Professor in Planning, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and President of the Association of European Schools of Planning "Human history can be told through the lens of energy and landscape, and in the coming decades we will have some very stark choices to make with regards to both. Sven Stremke and Andy van den Dobbelsteen have done a splendid job to illustrate the breadth of ongoing research efforts and the relevance of diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to the energy-landscape nexus. This comprehensive book fills a gap in the literature and will be invaluable to a growing number of researchers, practitioners and educators engaging with this topic." -Dan van der Horst, University of Birmingham, UK "... builds upon principles of new landscape/ecological science and exergy, and combines attention to material processes with social process, process approach with spatial approach, substantial issues with procedural issues, all of which in turn [are] tested through participatory case study. I recommend this book highly to spatial planners, urban designers as well as landscape architects who are engaged with sustainability." -Jusuck Koh, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University, The Netherlands "... fills a very significant gap in the literature. ... We desperately need to improve our understanding of sustainable energy landscapes at an international scale, and to develop better approaches to their planning and design. We need to improve our understanding of the complexities of landscape and the way its functions are affected by renewable energy production. We need to devise strategic and detailed methods to evaluate and implement proposals that are ethical and effective, and which have fortunate social and aesthetic side-effects. Sustainable Energy Landscapes is, to date, the only book that provides us with critical insights into these challenges." -Paul Selman, Emeritus Professor, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, UK

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