DISCOVER Carbon Net

SUMMARY: The Carbon Net Software is an analytical tool that visualizes the carbon emissions with existing GIS data. Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions in the city by engaging both local residents and urban managers in a collective enterprise of ""Net reduction."" The Carbon Reduction Manual that accompanies the Carbon Net ""software"" illustrates diverse techniques of behavioral change and urban alterations, including the construction of green elements, resurfacing of zones, and the planting of vegetation that can be executed from the top down and the bottom up, recalibrating the Net. The River of the City is taken as a scenario of an urban zone or ""carbon armature"" where the manual has been implemented by these diverse actors and deci­sion makers. A new identity of the River emerges by uniting the water, the air, the community, and the people through the shared enterprise of knit­ting a carbon reduction net. The project creates a highly flexible, experimental infrastructure that responds to the global climate shifts and defines a vision of a new, participatory relationship between carbon and city dwellers.

The Carbon Net Software highlights land use patterns and population densities to measure and indices of different carbon emission profiles. The city is divided into a grid system to measure each urban actor's carbon emission behavior. Then the accumulated carbon weights are converted into a mesh model embedded with the simulating 3d model. An on-site inspection will be conducted to testify the applicability conceptual carbon net. The Carbon net offers a unique analysis tool from which a theoretical design response is evolved. A design strategy was developed to control the carbon net. A series of tools and solutions have been suggested to stimulate and track the carbon reduction. Interviews and presentations will be given to different user groups. Feedback will be documented and reflected on the final version of the High Performance Carbon Reduction Manual.

SOLUTION: "The Carbon Net Reduction Manual could solve the problem in a more integrated manner. Carbon net reduction is operating from the fragment to the whole through point control, linear control, multi- control, and net controls. At a macro level, through different level of controls, we are able to disturb the net, create a new balance and allow some specific carbon emission zones to accumulate certain amount of carbon while decreasing others. At a micro level, existing urban forms are mutated to negotiate with plug in control tools; also dynamic social engaging nets are developed at micro carbon emission zone to involve various carbon actors to administrate the plug in control tools. The research takes the city as a carbon platform to explore the connection and tension inherent in the amalgam of human, natural environment, and settlement. It calculates significant carbon emissions according to a simplified unit system and transforms the accumulated carbon weight into a mesh net. The conceptual carbon net data will be verified against the actual built environment through on site carbon emission measurements and video documentation of each carbon actor, after which the applicability of the carbon net reduction control tools and manual will be examined.

The research will generate an animated carbon model embedded with the real video footage and provides a real world experience to its users. A High performance Carbon Net Reduction Manual will be published to share our findings. The manual will be categorized into three sections. The first section defines the prototypes of carbon, the second section will addresses the urban manager, and the third section describes how to convert the urban manager into potential carbon controllers by adapting various control tools.

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