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Urban Metabolism at MIT

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Abstract: Prof. Fernandez will be presenting work on the study of the resource consumption of cities. This work utilises an industrial ecology framework to specify resource intensity measures, spatially located and attributed to sectors of the urban economy. This emerging framework defines an urban metabolism that captures the complex dynamics of city systems.

Biography: John E. Fernández has been a professor of building technology and architectural design in the Department of Architecture at MIT since 2000. His research work focuses on the materials of the built environment. The first phase of this work sought to reveal the potential application of non-traditional materials for the next generation of building design. The second phase seeks to address the enormous volume of material extraction and consumption that is devoted to the built environment. This second research program has led to the development of theemerging field of urban metabolism – the study of resource flows required of contemporary cities.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - 41st Annual Series of Lunchtime Lectures series.

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