Intelligent Environments

Intelligent Environments

Advanced Systems for a Healthy Planet

2nd Edition - December 9, 2022

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  • Editor: P. Droege
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202470

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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 counteract challenges to terrestrial habitability? This book examines a range of baseline and benchmark practices 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. The result of this quest is both highly informative and useful, but also critical. It opens windows on what must fast become a central and overarching existential focus in the face of anthropogenic planetary heating and other threats—and raises concomitant questions about direction, scope, and speed of that change.

Key Features

  • The volume uses a cross-disciplinary approach to exploring digitally enhanced, spatially relevant sustainability systems
  • It critically queries the promise of information technologies and related support systems to help safeguard the habitability of the planet
  • The new edition is fully updated and reorganized in thematically linked yet stand-alone chapters and is referenced to global bodies of knowledge for ease of discovery and access
  • It includes copious images, maps, diagrams, and references to other media to enhance understanding


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Intelligent environments 2 - Advanced systems for a healthy planet
    Peter Droege
    2. The Ruhr innovation ecosystem - From industrial brownfields to regenerative smart environments
    Anis Radzi
    3. Triangulum: the three point project - findings from one of the first EU smart city projects
    Trinidad Fernandez, Sonja Stöffler and Catalina Diaz
    4. Transactive electricity: how decentralized renewable power can create security, resilience and decarbonization
    Jemma Green, Peter William Geoffrey Newman and Peter Droege
    5. Community inclusion currencies
    William O. Ruddick
    6. Managing uncertainty/making miracles: understanding and strategizing for unpredictable outcomes in the implementation of intelligent government
    Keith Guzik and Gary T. Marx
    7. Geodesign to address global change
    Carl Steinitz, Brian Orland, Tom Fisher and Michele Campagna
    8. Massive smart-work deployment: opportunities and risks for resilient communities
    Marina Penna, Marco Rao, Bruna Felici and Roberta Roberto
    9. Intelligent spatial technologies for gender inclusive urban environments
    Sophia German, Graciela Metternicht, Shawn Laffan and Scott Hawken
    10. Toward an intelligent mobility regime
    Stephen Potter, James Warren, Miguel Valdez and Matthew Cook
    11. Autonomous mobility in the built environment
    Nimish Biloria
    12. Smart building and district retrofitting for intelligent urban environments
    Borragán Guillermo, Verheyen Jan, Vandevyvere Han and Kondratenko Irena
    13. Scale matters: integrated decision support for sustainable built environments
    Ahmed Khoja
    14. Ontologically streamlined data for building design and operation support
    Ardeshir Mahdavi and Dawid Wolosiuk
    15. Digital city science – a platform methodology for sustainable urban development
    Jörg Rainer Noennig, Jan Barski, Katharina Borgmann and Jesus Lopez Baeza
    16. A software tool for net-positive urban design and architecture
    Janis Birkeland
    17. Strategies to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings on Ambon, Indonesia
    Abdelrahman M.H. Ammar and Dieter D. Genske
    18. Transactive electricity markets: case study RENeW Nexus
    Jemma Green, Peter Newman and Nick Forse
    19. The Insight Engine 2.0: the body and biomimetic systems as intelligent environments
    Bill Seaman, Quran Karriem, Dev Seth, Hojung Ashley Kwon and John Herr

Product details

  • No. of pages: 660
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2022
  • Published: December 9, 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

Director, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development; President, Eurosolar, European Association of Renewable Energy; and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy

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