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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 11838-11856; doi:10.3390/su70911838

Optimal Intra-Urban Hierarchy of Activity Centers—A Minimized Household Travel Energy Consumption Approach

Department of Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing100084, China
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Academic Editor: Thorsten Schuetze
Received: 2 July 2015 / Revised: 13 August 2015 / Accepted: 18 August 2015 / Published: 26 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards True Smart and Green Cities?)
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Abstract

An intra-urban hierarchy of activity centers interconnected by non-motorized and public transportation is broadly believed to be the ideal urban spatial structure for sustainable cities. However, the proper hinterland area for centers at each level lacks empirical study. Based on the concentric structure of everyday travel distances, working centers, shopping centers, and neighborhood centers are extracted from corresponding types of POIs in 286 Chinese cities at the prefectural level and above. A U-shaped curve between Household Transportation Energy Consumption (HTEC) per capita and center density at each of the three levels has been found through regression analysis. An optimal intra-urban hierarchy of activity centers is suggested to construct energy-efficient cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: intra-urban hierarchy of activity centers; household travel energy consumption; center density; U-shaped curve intra-urban hierarchy of activity centers; household travel energy consumption; center density; U-shaped curve
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Zhang, J.; Xie, Y. Optimal Intra-Urban Hierarchy of Activity Centers—A Minimized Household Travel Energy Consumption Approach. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11838-11856.

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