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Tavel, Michael D Senior Instructor Adjunct


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research overview

  • Tavel is an award-winning expert in sustainable urban neighborhood design including architecture, landscape architecture, and town planning. His research looks at how urban morphology reduces resource demands in different climates; design for passive cooling and heating of buildings and urban outdoor spaces in these climates; high performance buildings; green infrastructure; smart growth; and how design can support the ongoing evolution of sustainable cultural practices at the grass roots.


  • Design of urban mixed use neighborhoods, architecture, landscapes, streets, parks to reduce resource demands, acclimate people to outdoor climate, support local food production, and support sustainable behaviors, competing paradigms of sustainable urbanism, process of cultural change in relationship with resources, metaphor of ecology as applied to complexity and processes of change of cities over time, sustainable urban neighborhoods, building protected by sunscreens, green neighborhoods

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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)