Metabolism of Cities

This website attempts to group together tools and publications related to the metabolism of cities or urban metabolism (UM). The principal sections are the following:

Latest Blog Post Mar 14, 2017

First impression on the construction of a global urban metabolism dataset

News from the front of creating a global urban metabolism dataset. The first data points had been added to the dataset and we share here some first impressions on the process. As you might remember from...

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Data Visualization Voting Jan 01-20, 2017

See the winner!

We have a winner! We held a voting contest which ended on Jan 20, 2017. And we have a winner! Click here to view the winning data visualization. A more detailed report will following in the coming week.

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Dec 5, 2016

Metabolism of Cities co-organises three masterclasses on urban metabolism

As part of our Stakeholders Initiative, we are proud to announce that Metabolism of Cities will be co-organising (with OVAM, .Fabric, Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM/MIRA), and Team Vlaams Bouwmeester) three masterclasses on urban metabolism. The masterclasses are entitled Designing With Flows: Towards an Urban-Metabolic Agenda for a Circular Future and will take place in Brussels on the 08/12/2016, 12/01/2017, 02/02/2017.

Update The masterclasses have finished and videos are now available!

Urban metabolism masterclasses »

Just Launched: Global Urban Metabolism Database - January-March 2017

We have launched our second Stakeholders Initiative! From January until March 2017 we will focus on the development of a global urban metabolism database, and we have many exciting things planned. And we need YOUR involvement. Check out the new section and start contributing now!

Global Urban Metabolism Database Project


This website is an open source initiative launched in August 2014 as 'MFA Tools'. It was launched with the purpose of:

In January 2016 the website was renamed to Metabolism of Cities, to reflect the broadening scope to other methodologies.

All code for this website is hosted on github and we invite programmers to help us improve the website and the online MFA software. But you don't need to be a programmer to help improve this website (see below!). Sign up for our mailing list if you wish to receive updates about changes and additions.

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Quick Statistics

  • 18 Research projects listed, see the current research list.
  • 425 Papers and other publications listed in the database.
  • 9 Publication collections.
  • 274 Unique tags used for classifying publications.
  • 2761 Tags used in total.

New: Urban Metabolism Map


We have recently created a map to visualize all urban metabolism studies that have been indexed in our database with publications. Check it out!

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Hosting and domain registration for our website is sponsored by Penguin Protocols. We would furthermore like to thanks all individuals contributing content to our website. The website run by a small team of volunteers.