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SUME Flyer (A3)

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integrated SUME results Vienna

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integrated SUME results Stockholm

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integrated SUME results Oporto

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integrated SUME results Newcastle download the integrated SUME results for Newcastle

(Status: October 2011, language: English)


SUME-Working Papers

UMZ of Vienna, Stockholm, Oporto and Newcastle

download SUME Synthesis Report "Planning resource-efficient cities"

This is the all over synthesis of the SUME project.
In four case studies (agglomerations of Vienna, Stockholm, Oporto, Newcastle), a comprehensive application of all four SUME approaches was performed; spatial development scenarios for three further cities (Athens, Marseille and Munich) have been elaborated in order to present a wider range of urban form configurations in Europe.

(Status: October 2011, language: English)

Long term spatial   development in Brussels,  Milan, Oporto, Munich,  Vienna, Prague

download SUME-Working Paper 1.1

The report “Urban development and urban metabolism: A spatial approach” gives an overview over Urban Metabolism and observed dynamics in European urban regions. Furthermore it describes the metabolism approach for the further steps in the SUME project.

(Status: October 2009, language: English)

Working steps for   BASE and SUME scenarios

download SUME-Working Paper 1.2 Part A

Part A describes the approach and methodology for the urban development scenarios; the driving forces for urban development and the working steps for scenario building as well as the objectives for city selection.

(Status: March 2011, language: English)

3D representation of Athens - population and job densities

download SUME-Working Paper 1.2 Part B

Part B is the core part of SUME-Working Paper 1.2. "Urban development scenarios" were elaborated for Vienna, Stockholm, Athens, Porto, Munich, Marseille and Newcastle upon Tyne. The scenarios show urban densification and energy demand through population development until 2050.

(Status: March 2011, language: English)

Total housing stock   - average energy demand per m2 2000-2050

download SUME-Working Paper 1.2 Part C

Part C is the synopsis of the scenario results in terms of building stock transformation comparisons and energy consumption of the scenario cities.

(Status: March 2011, language: English)

Development of population and floor space 1981-2001 – typology

download SUME-Working Paper 1.3

The aim of the "Urban exemplary studies" on Vienna, Stockholm and Athens is testing and validating scenario assumptions in terms of options for densification. The case-studies allow for analysis on a very detailed level for selected cities. Past developments are being analysed in detail in order to be able to better estimate future options.

(Status: April 2011, language: English)

Basic outline of the decision making component

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The report “Basic outline of the decision making component“ describes the progress of work after one year. It has four parts. In the first part we introduce the concept of social metabolism and its application to cities known as urban metabolism. In the second part we summarize the state of the art in urban metabolism studies and the main insights from a literature review on drivers of urban energy use. The conclusions from the literature review serve as input to the development of the urban metabolism model, the topic of the third part. It comprises the strategy and goals of the model, a literature review on urban modeling and the current state of the model development. Part four summarizes the main insights gained so far and gives an outlook for the next steps.

(Status: January 2011, language: English)

Schematic   of the spatially explicit stocks and flows model building and transportation components

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The short version of the report "Prototype of the spatially explicit stocks and flows model" presents a description and first results of the WP2 urban metabolism model prototype. The prototype consists of a building and a transport component, (sections 2 and 3 respectively).

(Status: October 2010, language: English)

: Comparison of the combined energy demand for space heating and transport per capita in Oporto

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Working paper 2.3 titled "Second generation model and scenarios of the building, transportation and decision making components" discusses the final implementation details of the three model components (buildings, transport, decision) and the status of their integration. Additionally, the report contains first tentative results on the metabolic implications of the SUME and BASE scenarios for the four case study cities (Newcastle, Oporto, Stockholm and Vienna) and provides a discussion of the implications of these results.

(Status: August 2010, language: English)

Comparison of impact   assessment methodologies

download SUME-Working Paper 3.1

The “Manual of evaluation methodologies” is divided in three parts, an introduction to evaluation, an evaluation-oriented
review on four fields of knowledge, and the presentation of the Metabolic Impact Analysis (MIA).

(Status: May 2010, language: English)

MIA   application procedure

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The novel methodology MIA (Metabolic Impact Assessment) descirbed in the report „Good Practice Guide on assessing impacts of urban structures on urban metabolism“ provides an operational instrument to assess the overall impact of a particular development proposal on the existing urban metabolism performance of a given city, metropolis or city region.

(Status: February 2011, language: English)


Representation of a sustainable metabolism for the Toronto Port Lands

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SUME Working Paper 3.3 "Report on Approaches and Strategies for a Metabolically Sustainable City" comprises the conclusion and wrap-up of the research undertaken by WP3, and aims at achieving a set of orientations on how cities should be structured and developed. It should provide a positive and more pragmatic contribution to the urban metabolism field. Initially the objective was to develop optimal models of urban metabolism, however, these models would fall in prescriptions detached from reality. So, after an intensive literature review, relating to the historical perspectives of cities, newer paradigms, or modern approaches, it appeared that the most feasible solution was to develop an alternative approach to conventional models of urban development that could address not only an efficient urban metabolism but also, the integration of ecological systems in urban areas.

(Status: May 2011, language: English)


The proposed new model of   the development process

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SUME-Working Paper 4.1 "Development process, urban form and metabolism -
Understanding the interface between actors,
institutions, structures and mechanisms"
analyses the current state-of-the-art literature exploring how relevant actors (institutions, policies and strategies) influence urban structures and hence resource/energy flows. It synthesises this literature to identify the key actors influencing urban structures (urban form) in different European contexts, and begins to suggest how these actors can be (re)directed by new policy packages, to achieve more metabolically appropriate urban form.

(Status: October 2009, language: English)

Examples of possible   relationships between attitudes, urban form and travel behaviour

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The SUME-Working Paper "Towards an integrative policy package for resources-efficient cities - A critical analysis of urban planning concepts" identifies the potential for new institutional frameworks and integrated strategies that can shape urban structures in such a way that leads to resource optimisation.
It is structured in 6 chapters:
1) Introduction,
2) How to encourage sustainable behaviour,
3) Sustainable urban planning concepts,
4) Transferability,
5) The importance of institutional capacity in policy implementation,
6) Conclusions.

(Status: October 2010, language: English)

Policy analysis and   reccomendations

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In the report "Transforming urban planning policies -
Case studies of Oporto,
Newcastle, Stockholm and Vienna"
policy analysis and reccomendations are carried out in four case study cities: Oporto, Vienna, Stockholm and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. These cities represent very different contexts, so allow some conclusions to be drawn about policy transfer across, and indeed outside, Europe.
For each of the five policy types in each city, we have asked three questions:
1. What policies are currently in place which guide urban development in certain directions (whether deliberately or not)?
2. What policies would need to be adopted to move urban development towards the SUME scenario for that city?
3. What are the barriers to the implementation of those policies?

(Status: June 2011, language: English)