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:

MOOC on urban metabolism for policy makers now available

This is the first MOOC provided by the GI-REC (Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities). The GI-REC is a cooperation platform offered by UN Environment to connect different institutions that are using systems approach (and specifically urban metabolism) towards building low-carbon, resilient and resource efficient cities. This MOOC is produced and run for you by Metabolism of Cities, in partnership with the League of Cities of the Philippines and UN Environment. 

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News Apr 17, 2018

MultipliCity presentations in Czech Republic

Metabolism of Cities has started a presentation series! In these presentations our new MultipliCity project will be shared with different groups. This first round of presentations will include a number...

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News Apr 03, 2018

Urban metabolism interviews now available

From January-March 2018, Metabolism of Cities has run a Stakeholders Initiative with the topic of urban metabolism interviews.  During the ISIE/ISSST 2017 Conference in Chicago, various members of the...

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News Apr 01, 2018

MultipliCity: Montreal Edition - crowdsourcing urban metabolism data

In the framework of Climate CoLab contest on circular economy (which is supported by the Ville de Montréal and ICLEI), we have submitted a project proposal. It's about developing Montréal's urban metabolism...

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News Mar 29, 2018

Metabolism of Cities launches the MultipliCity project

For urban metabolism researchers, obtaining data is one of the most important and time-consuming activities. This not only limits research activities, but it also creates a significant threshold for policy...

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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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  • 21 Research projects listed, see the current research list.
  • 458 Papers and other publications listed in the database.
  • 9 Publication collections.
  • 292 Unique tags used for classifying publications.
  • 3145 Tags used in total.

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