This is the first book to directly address the physics of urban sustainability and how urban sustainability may be modelled and optimised. Starting with an introduction to the importance and key aspects of the topic, it moves on to a detailed consideration of the urban climate and pedestrian comfort. Comprehensive techniques for the modelling and optimisation of urban metabolism are then described, together with means for defining sustainability as the fitness function to be optimised. It ends with an eye to the future of sustainable urban design and the means available to urban designers and governors to help them to secure a more sustainable urban future.

This book will be invaluable both in informing the next generation of urban planners, architects and engineers, and as a tool to current professionals that will directly contribute to the effectiveness of their work by allowing them to more successfully measure and model urban sustainability.

chapter 1|14 pages


part I|96 pages

Climate and Comfort

chapter 2|39 pages

The Urban Radiant Environment

chapter 3|37 pages

The Urban Climate

chapter 4|16 pages

Pedestrian Comfort

part II|64 pages


chapter 6|26 pages

Transport Modelling

part III|59 pages

Measures and Optimization of Sustainability

part IV|32 pages

An Eye to the Future

chapter 10|8 pages