• Image: RICS Awards 2015
  • Image: RICS Awards 2015
  • Image: RICS Awards 2015

Architectural Assistant Luke Butcher recently attended the Biennial International Workshop for Advances in Energy Studies (BIWAES) in Stockholm, Sweden, where hedelivered a paper, The new Chautauqua Game, in the working session for ‘Decision making tools for urban energy management’. Co-authored with Professor William W. Braham (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia), Jill Sornson Kurtz (Re:Vision Architecture, Philadlephia) and Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari (Thornton Tomasetti, New York), the paper presented the initial results of a simplified model for reconfiguring a small city and rural county to support its current population on the environmental energies available within the boundaries of the county.

Configures as an online game, the model is based on a simple assumption that the collection and concentration of renewable energies is almost entirely a matter of land area, so that a renewable economy becomes a matter of competing land uses, or tradeoffs between land used for the production of food, fuel, electricity and so on. Players can adjust 29 variables (using a series of sliders) to modify the rates of production and consumption in the county and then see how these results are mapped out spatially.

To play the beta version of the game just click here.

You can download the full paper here.