Sustainable urban metabolism as a link between bio-physical sciences and urban planning : the BRIDGE project

Chrysoulakis, Nektarios and Lopes, Myriam and San José, Roberto and Grimmond, Christine Susan Betham and Jones, Mike B. and Magliulo, Vincenzo and Klostermann, Judith E. M. and Synnefa, Afroditi and Mitrakai, Zina and Castro, Eduardo A. and González, Ainhoa and Vogt, Roland and Vesala, Timo and Spano, Donatella and Pigeon, Gregoire and Freer-Smith, Peter and Staszewski, Tomasz and Hodges, Nick and Mills, Gerald and Cartalis, Constantinos. (2013) Sustainable urban metabolism as a link between bio-physical sciences and urban planning : the BRIDGE project. Landscape and urban planning, Vol. 112. pp. 100-117.

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Urban metabolism considers a city as a system with flows of energy and material between it and theenvironment. Recent advances in bio-physical sciences provide methods and models to estimate localscale energy, water, carbon and pollutant fluxes. However, good communication is required to providethis new knowledge and its implications to endusers (such as urban planners, architects and engineers).The FP7 project BRIDGE (sustainaBle uRban plannIng Decision support accountinG for urbanmEtabolism) aimed to address this gap by illustrating the advantages of considering these issues in urbanplanning. The BRIDGE Decision Support System (DSS) aids the evaluation of the sustainability of urbanplanning interventions. The Multi Criteria Analysis approach adopted provides a method to cope with thecomplexity of urban metabolism. In consultation with targeted end-users, objectives were defined inrelation to the interactions between the environmental elements (fluxes of energy, water, carbon andpollutants) and socioeconomic components (investment costs, housing, employment, etc.) of urban sustainability.The tool was tested in five case study cities: Helsinki, Athens, London, Florence and Gliwice;and sub-models were evaluated using flux data selected. This overview of the BRIDGE project covers themethods and tools used to measure and model the physical flows, the selected set of sustainability indicators,the methodological framework for evaluating urban planning alternatives and the resulting DSSprototype.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Meteorologie (Parlow)
UniBasel Contributors:Vogt, Roland
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Article Subtype:Research Article
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