New peer-reviewed paper published: Analysis tool for resource-conscious design
Recently, a second article with results from the Urban Pulse project has been published Open Access in the Journal of Resources Conservation and Recycling: Space-time Information Analysis for Resource-Conscious Urban Planning and Design: A stakeholder based identification of urban metabolism data gaps.
Currently, urban metabolism analyses are hampered by lack of data and they are performed on a scale level that does not match urban planning and design practice aiming at optimization of urban resource flows. In this article, we present the “Space-time Information analysis for Resource-conscious Urban Planning” (SIRUP) tool, that can be used to identify (I) on which spatiotemporal resolution stakeholders actually need information on resource flows, and (II) whether existing data can provide this information on the resolution needed. The tool was applied in a case study of Amsterdam, focused on the investigation of energy and water flows.
Results show that most urban planning and design interventions envisioned in Amsterdam require information on a higher spatiotemporal resolution than the resolution of current urban metabolism analyses, i.e., more detailed than the city level and at time steps smaller than a year. Energy-related interventions generally require information on a higher resolution than water-related interventions. Moreover, Amsterdam’s energy and water data generally have a lower resolution than required for the majority of interventions.
Reference: Voskamp, I.M., Spiller, M., Stremke, S., Bregt A.K., Vreugdenhil, C., Rijnaarts, H.H.M., 2016, Space-time Information Analysis for Resource-Conscious Urban Planning and Design: A stakeholder based identification of urban metabolism data gaps. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.08.026
Download the open-access article here.
Figure: The four steps of the SIRUP tool. The figure includes a schematic representation of the potential outcome of the different steps. The green, red and blue circles/ellipses, rectangles and arrows represent respectively three different information needs, existing data sets and data gaps for a single intervention on the SIRUP frame (in grey).