Can Urban Physics Cool Hot Cities?

Textures differences between urban areas and rural areas are drastically apparent. All one needs to do is take a look for themselves on Google Earth. When looking at the City of Chicago, for instance, one can see the saturation of large and small structures, constant roads leading in every direction, and scattered green space among the overwhelmingly gray overview. Continue your exploration of other non-urban areas and the patterns of rural landscape make their own textures.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub looked at the different textures of these urban areas as well. They discovered that the patterns and properties of a city, as well as the topography of surrounding areas, began to mimic the same patterns as other traditional structures studied under a microscope. What they learned was that the structures of these cities could be comparable to a molecular structure, a new realm designated as ‘urban physics.’ For instance, researchers found that the arrangement of buildings in New York City could be equivalent to that of a crystal structure. By analyzing the texture of a cities layout, scientists at MIT predict that it can better analyze the effect of urban heat island —> Read More Here


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