The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

The Very Hungry City Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities 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 exp

  • Title: The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities
  • Author: Austin Troy
  • ISBN: 9780300198355
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ordAs 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 Sj stad 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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    • Brandi says:

      Austin Troy's "The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities" is an exploration of issues surrounding energy consumption by large cities or "urban energy metabolism". Some of the factors that influence energy consumption include transportation, weather patterns, building construction and so on. Mr. Troy gives ideas and suggestions for how energy consumption rates can be improved via methods such as conservation, greener buildings, energy efficiency and transportat [...]

    • Matt says:

      Very Hungry City is an excellent account of the inter-relationship between urban areas and energy, and it explains the key issues that determine the energy usage of a city--its form, modes of transportation, infrastructure, climate, etc. In doing so, Very Hungry City provides an interesting (and entertaining) analysis of the potential effectiveness of many of the tools that are currently used (or proposed) to reduce urban energy consumption and to improve quality of life in cities. The author's [...]

    • Eric says:

      I received the book for free through First Reads. The title of this book, The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities, is a theme carried throughout: that cities "have metabolisms like those of competitive eaters" and that insatiable ability to eat is very damaging to our world. As Austin Troy notes, this hunger didn't matter when energy was cheap and plentiful, but as the cost of energy increases and the available stores of certain types (like oil) decreases, [...]

    • Elinor Hurst says:

      There was lots of interesting stuff in here about how to design cities to be less energy hungry, and the planning implications of this. The author's main motivating concern seemed to be the rising price of fossil fuels and the imminence of peak oil, and he made a very strong case for change based on evidence of the difficulties ahead of us in this regard.I was utterly gobsmacked, however, by his almost complete omission of the most pressing issue of our time, and what should be the most urgent d [...]

    • Crystal says:

      I received this book as a firstread and I would like to thank the author for for sending it to me.This book has a great deal of valuable information, and I think it's unlikely you would find all of it compiled together in any other book. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to read because of the organization and structure.

    • Jatin Sarvaiya says:

      A good book well written on how energy flows and its utilization patterns. Our appetite for cheap energy has to break. This read is good for those who wish to understand current use of energy in communities and how with minimal adaption communities can actually use less. Term to google, "Jevons Paradox".

    • Michelle says:

      I won this book through , and it took me a while to get through it, just because there's so much info it can't be sped-read. It's well-written, interesting, and thought-provoking. Maybe a bit depressing, but definitely worthwhile reading.

    • Yy says:

      I won this book for free through First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.

    • L-H says:

      I won a free copy of this book through the first - reads program. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you.

    • Yvonne Stegall says:

      One of my favorite wins from . I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in green energy and going green! (received the book for free through First Reads)

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