As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, environmental experts and city planners are sounding a clarion call for the incorporation of more sustainability measures into the design and development of modern urban centres.
Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, says that if cities can be likened to living organisms, then “urban metabolism” is a highly useful concept for assessing their efficiency and lifting their sustainability levels.
“Urban metabolism is an analogy…[which] provides useful insights for policy makers and others to target energy efficiency and conservation programs,” Pincetl said.
The concept of urban metabolism lies at the very heart of one of the latest and most prominent manifestos advocating greater sustainability in cities.
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