Thursday, November 2, 2017
11:00 am

Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

"Urban Physics: Is L.A. A Liquid Or A Solid? A Quantitative Approach to Cities Sustainability and Resilience"
Franz-Josef Ulm, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By the year 2050, 6.7 billion people are expected to be living in urban environments. We are going to face the challenge of expanding the global urban network by approximately what is equivalent to 8-9 cities of New York, NY each year! The sustainable development of our urban network thus requires new quantitative approaches that can deal with cities' multiple complexities. These complexities are recognized to be much akin to molecular structures for which tools of statistical physics provides a wealth of quantitative tools to quantify city geometry and improve infrastructure performance while minimizing our environmental footprint and maximizing the resilience of our cities' building stock,– a true multiscale task, specifically as we face the perils of global warming.

Contact Sonya Lincoln lincolns@caltech.edu at 626-395-3385
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