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Accounting for urban metabolism in urban planning. The case of BRIDGE.
International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. (2010)
  • Nektarios Chrysoulakis
  • Zinovia Mitraka
  • Emmanouel Diamantakis
  • Ainhoa González
  • Eduardo A. Castro, University of Aveiro
  • Roberto San Josė
  • Ivan Blecic
Abstract
Urban metabolism considers a city as a system and distinguishes between energy and material flows. Bottom-up approaches are based on quantitative estimates of urban metabolism components at local scale, considering the urban metabolism as the 3D exchange and transformation of energy and matter between a city and its environment. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are capable of supporting complex decision making and of solving semi-structured or unstructured problems through a computer interface that presents results in a readily understandable form. The main goal of the FP7 project BRIDGE is to develop a DSS and use it to propose modifications on the metabolism of urban systems towards sustainability by evaluating how planning alternatives can modify the physical flows of the above urban metabolism components. The BRIDGE DSS integrates bio-physical observations and modelling with socio-economic issues in five European cities that were selected as case studies for pilot application. This study describes the design and implementation of the BRIDGE DSS.
Keywords
  • Decision Support System,
  • Urban Planning,
  • Urban Metabolism.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Chrysoulakis, N., Mitraka, Z., Diamantakis, E., González, A., Castro, E. A., San Josė, R. and I. Blecic, 2010. Accounting for urban metabolism in urban planning. The case of BRIDGE. In: CD-ROM of Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, organized by the Technical University of Einhoven, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (July 19-22).