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Sustainable Urban Metabolism

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Urbanization and globalization have shaped the last hundred years. These two dominant trends are mutually reinforcing: globalization links countries through the networked communications of urban hubs. The urban population now generates more than eighty percent of global GDP. Cities account for enormous flows of energy and materials — inflows of goods and services and outflows of waste. Thus urban environmental management critically affects global sustainability. In this book, Paulo Ferrão and John Fernández offer a metabolic perspective on urban sustainability, viewing the city as a metabolism, in terms of its exchanges of matter and energy. Their book provides a roadmap to the strategies and tools needed for a scientifically based framework for analyzing and promoting the sustainability of urban systems.

Using the concept of urban metabolism as a unifying framework, Ferrão and Fernandez describe a systems-oriented approach that establishes useful linkages among environmental, economic, social, and technical infrastructure issues. These linkages lead to an integrated information-intensive platform that enables ecologically informed urban planning. After establishing the theoretical background and describing the diversity of contributing disciplines, the authors sample sustainability approaches and tools, offer an extended study of the urban metabolism of Lisbon, and outline the challenges and opportunities in approaching urban sustainability in both developed and developing countries.

About the Author

Paulo C. Ferrão is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and Director of the MIT Portugal Program. John E. Fernández is Associate Professor and Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture at MIT and Director of MIT's International Design Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262019361
Author:
Ferr
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
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Ferrao, Paulo
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Ferraao, Paulo
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Fern�ndez, John E.
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Fernandez, John E.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies City Specific
Copyright:
Series:
Sustainable Urban Metabolism
Publication Date:
20130830
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 band#38;w illus., 19 tables
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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Reference » Science Reference » Technology
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