Distributed Renewable Energy Generation and Sense of Place

Distributed Renewable Energy Generation is renewable energy near the point of use instead of a centralized facility like a power plant. Much like the windmill in this image, windmills are littered across the Australian Landscape and have been a form of this renewable energy generation since the early 1800’s.

How can we integrate more distributed renewable energy in our urban environments without detracting from the character, sense of place and built form?

What effect does a community wind turbine in a public park have on sociological and psychological park experience?

How would Distributed Renewable Energy Generation modify ‘sense of place’?

How can public or private open space be maximized for Distributed Renewable Energy Generation?

Can streetscapes be modified to incorporate Distributed Renewable Energy Generation?

As renewable becomes a major energy source, we have a lot of design challenges to overcome.

NOTE: The windmill was first designed by Daniel Halladay, who began inventing windmills in 1854.