Journal article

Towards a dynamic approach to urban metabolism: tracing the temporal evolution of Brussels’ urban metabolism from 1970 to 2010

A Athanassiadis, P Bouillard, RH Crawford, AZ Khan

Journal of Industrial Ecology | Wiley | Published : 2017


© 2016 by Yale University Urban metabolism (UM) is a way of characterizing the flows of materials and energy through and within cities. It is based on a comparison of cities to living organisms, which, like cities, require energy and matter flows to function and which generate waste during the mobilization of matter. Over the last 40 years, this approach has been applied in numerous case studies. Because of the data-intensive nature of a UM study, however, this methodology still faces some challenges. One such challenge is that most UM studies only present macroscopic results on either energy, water, or material flows at a particular point in time. This snapshot of a particular flow does not..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Aristide Athanassiadis was funded through a research fellowship (aspirant FNRS) from the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, a WBI World excellency scholarship, and a BRIC scholarship. In addition, parts of this research were also conducted in the framework of an IBGE-BIM project on the quantification of Brussels' UM. The authors thank all the Brussels administration staff and the Centre Paul Duvigneaud staff that helped to gather the large amount of data presented here.