Led by Professors Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota), Patricia Culligan (Columbia University) and Armistead Russell (Georgia Institute of Technology), “Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities” focuses on a new movement gaining momentum in cities around the world toward “distributed,” or more local, infrastructure. Until now, development trends have resulted in very large infrastructure systems—large roadway networks, regional power grids, and complex networks that supply food and water to cities from distant locations. Emerging trends suggest that cities may be better off building more local systems—urban farms, household and neighborhood solar generation, district energy systems, bicycle paths, car-sharing systems, and more. The research network seeks to identify the best mix of local and large infrastructure systems to achieve urban sustainability, health and livability goals, by examining possibilities in diverse cities across the U.S. and in India. Researchers are exploring physical changes in infrastructure design, the role of new technologies, as well as the changes in public attitudes and policies that can help achieve the infrastructure transitions needed to build desirable cities, today and into the future.
As part of this project, Daynamica has been used to better understand associations between trip modes, activity types, and emotions (happiness, sadness, pain, etc.).