The nature of various types of urban growth and change and the consequences for municipal consumption requires studying cities and propose policies towards a more sustainable planning of cities.This involves a spatially comprehensive and temporally broad physical accounting of resource consumption of a variety of urban centers. Material flows dynamic stock modeling is used to analyze the industrial metabolism dynamics, namely the complex interaction between resource use and waste production and recovery, in order to contribute for the definition of more integrated and sustainable resource management policies.
This research area couples emerging methods for assessing and tracking the resource consumption of cities with strategies for implementing design and planning recommendations for communities.
Research examines the potential for applying to the design and planning of cities a variety of strategies that have emerged from the field of Industrial Ecology. Through current work in tracking the material and energy flows devoted to urban centers, this study identifies networks for symbiotic resource exchanges and productive reconfigurations of primary elements of urban form and infrastructure for sustainable city planning.
Specifically, research has been dedicated to:
– Industrial simbiosys in urban areas;
– Assessing the viability of supply driven strategies for resources at the urban level (e.g. rainwater harvesting, rooftop greenhouses, microgeneration);
– Energy efficiency of the built environment;
– Smartsensing in buildings.