Transformation of an Urban Complex System Into a More Sustainable Form Via Integrated Modification Methodology (IMM)
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Volume 9 (2014), Issue 4
514 - 537
M. TADI & S. VAHABZADEH MANESH
Cities are energy-using systems in their own right; they consume energy in varying levels of efficiency. A city’s form can have a tremendous effect on its energy consumption, as well as its environmental performance. There has been much research and discussion regarding which urban form is sustainable, but lack of construc- tive methods to improve upon their existing environmental performance. This paper explicates a possible method of sustainable urban transformation design principles. The methodology aims to reform an existing urban assessment into a more sustainable form, regardless to its present form and performance. The research demonstrates how one can transform a city into a lower energy consumption system, using the Integrated Modification Methodology. In this approach, the city is considered as a single entity, a Complex Adaptive System; accordingly, the sustainable urban form emerges through modification of its elements and integration of its subsystems over time.
complex adaptive system, integrated modification methodology, morphology, sustainable urban transformation