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Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe

Objective

Societies in their urban (and also non-urban) segments, are extracting materials and energy from their natural environment, processing these flows, eventually accumulating portions of them as stocks and, in the end, deleting them into the environment as wastes, emissions or deliberate discharges. Urban settlements – cities – are a specific type of stocks in the metabolism of societies, and the way these cities are being built and operated has a substantial influence on the quantities and qualities of material and energy flows needed to sustain their existence. In SUME, the urban metabolism shall be understood as a metaphor for our societies’ way of dealing with its natural environment. With global climate change, limited resources and sources of energy, the question of how a healthy level of metabolic exchange with the environment can be achieved is gaining a dramatic new actuality. It is the question of how existing urban areas shall be transformed and new cities or expansions should be planned – to be researched in SUME with a truly comprehensive approach. The concept of urban metabolism, as understood and applied in SUME, will be including all relevant flows (material, energy, waste etc.), and – as link to future planning – consider the influence of the various urban spatial forms and ways of urban restructuring on the levels and qualities of the flows. In order to search for a reduced extraction of resources and energies, new criteria for planning and governing of urban development will be needed. The urban metabolism approach will be tested as a guideline for such knowledge and methodological improvement. As a comprehensive approach, the concept of metabolism also is scrutinizing the effects of investment, asking if an intensified use of flows for the renewal of urban structures will pay off in the future by lowering the levels of material/energy flows over time, thus attempting to make urban metabolisms more sustainable.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

ÖSTERREICHISCHES INSTITUT FUR RAUMPLANUNG
Address
Franz Josefs Kai 27
1010 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 795 250
Administrative Contact
Barbara Saringer-Bory (Ms.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 380 400
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro (Prof.)
NORDREGIO
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 247 600
Address
Holmamiralens Vaeg 10
11186 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacob Boëthius (Mr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 162 950
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Poulicos Prastacos (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 437 800
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Dolman (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 302 160,40
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pierre Van Zinnen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 343 200
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
9020 Klagenfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julia Steinberger (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 30 900
Address
Zhongguancun East Road Haidian 95
100080 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chun-Hong Pan (Prof.)
SZKOLA GLOWNA HANDLOWA W WARSZAWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 84 000
Address
Al Niepodleglosci 162
02 554 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maciej Borsa (Dr.)
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 83 600
Address
Telegrafenberg 31
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frauke Haneberg (Ms.)