The SUME research questions

The outcome of the SUME project should provide answers to the following central questions:

  • How far do different types of urban forms and of growth and decline patterns which can be found in Europe determine sustainable use of material and energy and allow for efficient transport patterns?
  • To what extent can urban planning and demand management incorporate and influence stakeholders’ values in order to re-direct current patterns of space consumption and infrastructure utilisation to­wards sustainable development?
  • What are the most adequate assessment approaches to deal with the territorial dimension of sustainability in collaborative decision-making frameworks?
  • What shall a good practice guide based on the on urban metabolism approach contain for the assessment of the impacts of various urban forms?

The SUME approach