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sustainaBle uRban plannIng Decision support accountinG for urban mEtabolism

Objective

"Like any living system, urban communities consume material and energy inputs, process them into usable forms, and eliminate the wastes from the process. This can be seen as ""metabolism"" of industry, commerce, municipal operations, and households. Understanding the pattern of these energy and material flows through a community's economy provides a systemic reading of the present situation for goal and objective setting and development of indicators for sustainability. At present, planning policies often reflect the logic of the market. They would better reflect a vision of urban development, in which environmental and social considerations are fully embedded in spatial planning policies at all steps of the policy cycle from problem identification and policy design through to the implementation and ex-post evaluation stages. Therefore, the widespread inclusion of sustainability objectives in urban planning at all scales (from regional to site level) is necessary, providing the opportunity for the incorporation of bio-physical sciences knowledge into the planning process on a routine basis. To this end, the proposed project BRIDGE (sustainaBle uRban plannIng Decision support accountinG for urban mEtabolism) aims at bridging the gap between bio-physical sciences and urban planners and to illustrate the advantages of accounting for environmental issues on a routine basis in design decisions. BRIDGE will provide the means to quantitative estimate the various components of the urban metabolism (observation of physical flows and modelling), the means for quantitative estimate their impacts (socio-economic and environmental impact assessments and indicators), as well as the means for resource optimisation in urban fabric (support the decision making in urban planning). BRIDGE will focus on the interrelation between energy and material flows and urban structure."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 380 150
Administrative Contact
Nektarios Chrysoulakis (Dr.)

Participants (13)

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 379 810
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 264 595
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Menenti (Prof.)
INSTYTUT EKOLOGII TERENOW UPRZEMYSLOWIONYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 150 070
Address
Ulica Kossutha 6
40 844 Katowice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Skowronek (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 993
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo León (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 289 640
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francisco Vaz (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 108 040
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Vogt (Dr.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 169 200
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 163 530
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Satu Väisänen (Ms.)
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 234 090
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Chatzara (Ms.)
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 279 000
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Donatella Spano (Prof.)
METEO-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 100 260
Address
Avenue De Paris 73
94165 Saint Mande Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Avril (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 050
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eddy Moors (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 106 572
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Richard Trowbridge (Mr.)