Weight of cities: resource requirements of future urbanisation

SI Team: Professor Mark Swilling, Blake Robinson, Josephine Musango, Paul Currie
Status: Complete
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This project looks at the resource requirements of projected urbanisation to 2050, and consists of the following components: (1) an estimation of the amounts of various resources required to accommodate the urban resource growth anticipated in the next 35 years, (2) Life Cycle Assessments of alternative/sustainable technologies and systems to estimate how they could reduce this overall resource impact, (3) an assessment of how urban morphology can reduce resource requirements, (4) case studies of cities pursuing integrated infrastructure planning to optimise resource use, and (5) the governance configurations required to achieve urban transitions toward more sustainable resource use.

Output: https://www.sustainabilityinstitute.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/181webunepthe-weight-of-cities-1.pdf

Dates: 2014 – 2018
Partners: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, University of California (Santa Barbara), University of Minnesota, Urban Morphology Institute
International Resource Panel
Sustainable Cities