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Cities and Transportation

Cities are the summation and densest expression of infrastructure, or more accurately a set of infrastructures sometimes working in harmony, sometimes with frustrating discord to provide us with shelter, contact, energy, water and the means to meet other human needs. The physical infrastructure of cities consists of various structures, buildings, pipes, roads, rails, bridges, tunnels, and wires.  Equally important and subject to change is the “software” for the physical infrastructure, all the formal and informal rules for operation of the system.  Moreover, millennia of human development show how much we owe to the necessity of mobility to move within and between cities.

The PHE investigates the technologies and infrastructures necessary for the development of human settlements and transport systems that conserve resources, emit zero pollutants, spare the surface landscape, and provide people with expanded range.

On April 17, 2016 Jesse delivered a lecture  The Nature of the City at the University of Glasgow as part of a workshop “Future cities: Do cities have limits?

About the icon –Rendering of the proposed ‘Hyperloop,’ a magnetically levitated train emerging from a partially evacuated tunnel.

Publications about Cities and Transportation

1172 JH Ausubel. The Nature of the City (PDF) [external link]. 2016 Presented at the workshop “Future Cities: Do Cities Have Limits?” University of Glasgow, 18 April 2016 The Nature of the City,

1155 JH Ausubel. Cars and Civilization (PDF). The Breakthrough Journal 2014 This article was originally delivered as part of the William and Myrtle Harris Lectureship in Science and Civilization, at the California Institute of Technology on 30 April 2014 and appeared under the title "The Need for Speed: Four Basic Instincts Have Determined Human Mobility" in the Journal of the Breakthrough Institute July 14, 2014.Cars and Civilization,

0090 JH Ausubel. Maglevs and the vision of St. Hubert (PDF). In Challenges of a Changing Earth 175-182, 2002 Also in Proceedings of the Global Change Open Science Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10-13 July 2001.Maglevs and the vision of St. Hubert, maglev, St. Hubert, great restorations, farmlands, sea, forests, transportation

0086 JH Ausubel, C Marchetti. The evolution of transport (PDF). The Industrial Physicist 7(2): 20-24, 2001 The evolution of transport, maglev, energy, transportation

0084 JH Ausubel, PS Meyer, IK Wernick. Death and the human environment: The United States in the 20th century (PDF). Technology in Society 23(2): 131-146, 2001 Death and the human environment: The United States in the 20th century, Mortality, epidemiological transition, morbidity

0068 JH Ausubel, C Marchetti, PS Meyer. Toward green mobility: The evolution of transport. European Review  6(2): 143-162, 1998 Toward green mobility: The evolution of transport, maglev, transportation, energy, logistic substitution, time budgets

0052 IK Wernick. Better risk information for communities  (PDF). Risk Analysis 16(5): 601-603, 1996 Better risk information for communities , risk, public health

0044 IK Wernick (ed). Community risk profiles: A tool to improve environment and community health. 1995 Published by the Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University, New York, NYCommunity risk profiles: A tool to improve environment and community health, risk, public health, community

0041 JH Ausubel. Ways to cut vineyard traffic and taxes [external link]. Vineyard Gazette 15: 1995 Ways to cut vineyard traffic and taxes, transportation

0033 JH Ausubel. Cutting the volume of traffic on island [external link]. Vineyard Gazette 15, 1994 Cutting the volume of traffic on island, transportation

0012 Jesse H. Ausubel and Robert Herman (eds). Cities and their vital systems: Infrastructure, Past, Present, and Future [external link]. National Academy, Washington, D.C 1988 Cities and their vital systems: Infrastructure, Past, Present, and Future, Cities Infrastructure Urban Real Estate transportation Traffic Congestion: Problems and Prospects Communications Water Supply Distribution Wastewater

0011 R Herman, JH Ausubel. Cities and their vital systems: Synthesis and perspectives (PDF). Pp 1-21 in Cities and their vital systems: Infrastructure, Past, Present, and Future, National Academy, Washington, DC 1988 Cities and their vital systems: Synthesis and perspectives, Cities Infrastructure Urban Real Estate transportation Traffic Congestion: Problems and Prospects Communications Water Supply Distribution Wastewater