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Integrating sustainability aspects in urban planning: the case of Athens.
3rd International Conference PALENC2010: Passive & Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment. (2010)
  • Afroditi Synnefa
  • Marina Stathopoulou
  • Agathi Sakka
  • Katerina Katsiabani
  • Mattheos Santamouris
  • Nektaria Adaktylou
  • Constantinos Cartalis
  • Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Abstract
This paper presents the objectives, approach and first results of the FP7-environment project BRIDGE (sustainaBle uRban plannIng Decision support accountinG for urban mEtabolism), which is a joint effort of 14 European Organizations aiming at incorporating sustainability aspects in urban planning processes, accounting for some well recognized relations between urban metabolism and urban structure. BRIDGE will provide the means to generate quantitative estimates of specific components of the urban metabolism (through measurement and modelling of fluxes of energy, water, carbon and pollutants), the means to quantify their impacts (socio-economic and environmental impact assessments and indicators), as well as the means for resource optimisation in the urban fabric (support the decision making in urban planning). Five European cities have been selected as case studies and a Community of Practice approach is adopted, whereby stakeholders are involved from an early stage to establish key sustainability issues and validate the project’s achievements. This paper focuses on the Athens case study presenting the approach followed and some important outcomes. Athens needs to improve air quality, ameliorate the urban heat island and increase green spaces. At the administrative level, Athens needs to entrust science in its development plans to comply with local needs and demands.
Keywords
  • Urban metabolism,
  • urban planning.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Synnefa, A., Stathopoulou, M., Sakka, A., Katsiabani, K., Santamouris, M., Adaktylou, N., Cartalis, C. and Chrysoulakis, N., 2010. Integrating sustainability aspects in urban planning: the case of Athens. In: Proceedings of 3rd International Conference PALENC2010: Passive & Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment, held in Rhodes, Greece (29 September - 1 October).