Project A2-4

Project Team: Forrest Meggers, PI – Princeton University

Marilys Nepomechie, Florida International University


Project Overview


Figure 1. Overlay of the thermal variations uncovered through thermal imaging of the urban fabric, revealing the hidden thermal exchanges taking place between buildings, micro-climates and surfaces, which are controlled by water and energy flows.

Our capacity to analyze the built environment has exploded over the past few decades with access to new digital tools, simulation engines, and above all access to novel materials and building processes. These added capabilities have helped increase our understanding of individual aspects of building systems and urban infrastructure, but the added complexity has left large voids in our understanding of the interfaces between the variety of material, computational and technological advances, which are part of modern cities today. One of these key interfaces is at the water-energy nexus. Our expertise spanning building systems, architecture and urban infrastructure will be applied to fill in the knowledge gaps in the city’s water-energy-infrastructure nexus.

The project will engage with water sustainability through study of energy, buildings, ecology and people, uncovering and bridging the gaps in knowledge that exist between disciplines of fundamental applied science and creative design research.  As shown in Figure 1 there is much information that can be represented through simple overlay of data onto the form of the city. It can help both designers and scientist better address challenges of urban water and understand critical relationship between water and energy in society.