Urban Pulse – Understanding Urban Flow Patterns

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Urban Pulse generates the knowledge required to build sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, and natural resources in the city. This is done by mapping urban flow patterns in the city. Urban Pulse studied the city of Amsterdam.

Urban Metabolism

A fresh approach to ‘urban metabolism’ can ensure that Amsterdam will be spared shortages of energy, water, food or natural resources in the future, and will reduce environmental pressure. This can only be achieved by acquiring a clear and precise understanding of the flow patterns of essential resources in the city. The researchers use a combination of methods and technologies informed by local residents, knowledge and industry partners. Data of different urban flows such as water, waste, food and energy must be integrated and made easily accessible to relevant stakeholders. Only then can it become possible to identify options for reuse, cascading and synergies between these different urban flows.

Research papers

Key results of the Urban Pulse project and detailed background information can be found in the following research papers:

  • Amsterdam Urban Metabolism analysis/Material Flow Analysis paper
  • Amsterdam space-time analysis paper

Partners: Wageningen UR, TU Delft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City of Amsterdam, Waternet, AEB Amsterdam, Waag Society, Alliander and Port of Amsterdam

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