In order to achieve such a goal, we will investigate oldarguments but adopting new perspectives and a new hope, i.e. theinfluence which disruptive technologies have in respect of the newurban mobility and therefore in respect of the energy question. Urbanmetabolic analysis demonstrates efficiency that small and medium-sizedcities can have in the new neo-tertiary context, and could be used as atest to previously evaluate the functional and ecological consequencesof future urban transformations.With the intention to collect the interim results of an on-goingprocess of research, “A new Urban Metabolism” has been realized byi.CUP within the framework of the Urban Systems and Urban Modelsresearch cooperatively developed by the three Swiss schools ofarchitecture. More specifically, this publication – aiming to translate inunderstandable terms urban metabolisms of different kind – is dividedinto two parts: one attempts to describe the new Urban Metabolism,elaborating on a new approach to Urban Complexity; the other intendsto quantify the Urban Metabolism Efficiency comparing two relevantcase studies: the cities of Barcelona and Lugano, the analysis of whichhas been processed by BCN Regional Metropolitan Agency and byi.CUP respectively.
Director of the institute for Contemporary Urban Project,Accademia di Architettura - USI, Mendrisio
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