Intelligent Environments

Intelligent Environments

Advanced Systems for a Healthy Planet

2nd Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Editor: P. Droege
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202470

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Digitalization permeates conversations about society’s future—ever since the 1980s when the informatization of the economy also emerged as a popular urban development theme. The promises and realities of digital innovation have come to suffuse everything from city regions to astronomy, government to finance, art to medicine, politics to warfare, and from genetics to reality itself. Digital systems augmenting physical space, buildings, and communities occupy a special place in the evolutionary discourse about advanced technology. The two Intelligent Environments books edited by Peter Droege span a quarter of a century across this genre. The second volume, Intelligent Environments: Advanced Systems for a Healthy Planet, asks: how does civilization approach thinking systems, intelligent spatial models, design methods, and support structures designed for sustainability, in ways that could even counteract challenges to terrestrial habitability? The result of this quest is useful, practical, and informative: it opens doors to what must now become a rapidly growing and overarching existential focus. This book presents a range of practical, typical, systemic but also unusual and even sublime endeavors across regions, currencies, infrastructure, architecture, transactive electricity, geodesign, net-positive planning, remote work, integrated transport, and artificial intelligence in understanding the most immediate spatial setting: the human body.

Key Features

    • Utilizes a cross-disciplinary approach to exploring intelligence-enhanced sustainability systems
    • A fully updated and reorganized edition that is topically structured in thematically linked yet stand-alone chapters and referenced to a global body of knowledge for ease of discovery and access
    • Challenges spatial support technologies and information systems to enable human survival and protecting planetary biospheric webs and diversity, in an as nontechnical language as possible
    • Includes images, maps, diagrams, and references to videos to enhance understanding


    Researchers and practitioners in sustainable development, urban planning, and environmental science

    Table of Contents

    • 1. Introduction: Intelligent Environments in Transition
      2. The Ruhr Innovation Ecosystem – From Industrial Brownfields to Regenerative Smart Environments
      3. Triangulum: The Three Point Project – Findings from one of the First EU Smart City Projects
      4. Decentralized Renewable Energy: Technology, Security, Resilience
      5. Community Inclusion Currencies
      6. Managing Uncertainty 
      7. Geodesign to Address Global Change  
      8. Massive Smart-Work Deployment: Opportunities and Risks for Resilient Communities 
      9. Intelligent Technologies for Gender Inclusive Urban Environments  
      10. Towards an Intelligent Mobility Regime
      11. Autonomous Mobility in the Built Environment 
      12. Smart Building and District Retrofitting for Intelligent Urban Environments 
      13. Scale Matters: Integrated Decision Support System for Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
      14. Ontologically Streamlined Data for Building Design and Operation Support 
      15. Digital City Science – New Tools for Urban Development 
      16. Open Access Software for Net Positive Design  
      17. Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings on Ambon, Indonesia – New Results of the Advanced STAR GIS Based Expert Scenario Planning System Applied
      18. Transactive Electricity Markets: Case Study RENeW NEXUS
      19. The Body, Biomimetic Systems and The Insight Engine 2.0 as Intelligent Environments

    Product details

    • No. of pages: 750
    • Language: English
    • Copyright: © North Holland 2022
    • Published: July 1, 2022
    • Imprint: North Holland
    • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202470

    About the Editor

    P. Droege

    Professor Droege directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, and is President, Eurosolar and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. He initiated the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein while holding a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia. An inaugural member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize jury and Expert Commissioner at the World Future Council he served on the Steering Committee of the Urban Climate Change Research Network at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and CUNY. He taught and researched at MIT, held an Endowed Chair in Urban Engineering at at Tokyo University’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and Chair of Urban Design at Sydney University. He has authored/edited eight books.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor, The University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Sydney, Australia

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