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 Mar 20, 2018

Call for papers - Urban metabolism in transition

 Abstract deadline: June 8, 2018Authors should send a long abstract of 800 words maximum (in English or in French), accompanied by a short biographical note withfull contact details and institutional...

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News Jan 26, 2018

Join us in Milano, Italy! Metabolism of Cities: Pathways to Progressive Sustainable Development Planning, Design and Policy

PRESENTATION FLYER CLICK HERE!SAVE THE DATE: Join us Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Milan, Italy, as one of our co-founders, Gabriela Fernandez will present on the importance of ICT technologies related...

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News Dec 10, 2017

Beta launch of the Online course "Urban Metabolism for Policy Makers"

We're very excited to share with you that the beta version pf the first online course on "Urban Metabolism for Policy Makers" is out.This is a collaboration between Metabolism of Cities, UN Environment...

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News Nov 08, 2017

Use of OMAT at Columbia University

Metabolism of Cities has worked together with Professor Lynnette Widder at Columbia University to use the Online Material Flow Analysis Tool (OMAT) as part of a class on urban metabolism. Students were...

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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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Quick Statistics

  • 21 Research projects listed, see the current research list.
  • 453 Papers and other publications listed in the database.
  • 9 Publication collections.
  • 288 Unique tags used for classifying publications.
  • 3063 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.