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Weighing the Importance of Urban Built Environment Stocks for Sustainability. A Danish Case Study

The project aims at characterizing the material stock of urban built environment, and its historical dynamics. Urban built environment stocks — e.g. buildings, engineering works, infrastructures — are fundamentally linked with society, materials, energy, and emissions. In order to develop correct pathways towards sustainability, it is necessary to characterize and understand urban built environment stocks better. Firstly, Odense will be used as a case city, and a model framework will be developed, that integrates material flow analysis (MFA) and geographical information system (GIS) analysis. The results of the project will give information on the weight, location, age, composition and quality of the material stocked in Odense’s built environment. Secondly, the results’ implications on sustainable urban policy development will be studied. Indeed, the results will be of significant policy relevance: urban stocks should be seen as important assets for the implementation of dematerialisation and decarbonisation strategies in cities. 

Expected to be finalized by January 2020 

Main supervisor:  Gang Liu

PhD Thesis


Last Updated 24.03.2021