Thesis
Urban Metabolism: Ecologically sensitive construction for a sustainable New Orleans

By combining urban metabolism theories with physical accounting of material resources, a general method for examining cities is being developed. Material flows have been examined at an international level, and it is intended to analyze cities in a similar manner. The project intends to establish a model of relationships between various systems of the city. The computational model is based on all available information about the metabolism of the city while extrapolating gaps in data with information from comparable American cities.

Title
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFernandez J, Quinn D
Date Published04/2007
UniversityMIT
CityCambridge, MA
Abstract

By combining urban metabolism theories with physical accounting of material resources, a general method for examining cities is being developed. Material flows have been examined at an international level, and it is intended to analyze cities in a similar manner. The project intends to establish a model of relationships between various systems of the city. The computational model is based on all available information about the metabolism of the city while extrapolating gaps in data with information from comparable American cities.