Use of natural resources in the built environment – state-of-the-art research activities

Welcome to attend an open seminar with leading experts in the field of urban metabolism and material flow in the built environment!

​The built environment is known as the largest consumer of natural resources to build and maintain buildings and relevant infrastructures. In the last century, the material stock has increased drastically due to economic and population growth. This expansion of the material stock is directly linked to high resource consumption (e.g., materials, water, energy, land, etc.), waste discharge, and local and global environmental impacts. It is obvious that the current practices of resource production and consumption are far away from being sustainable.

In the seminar leading experts in the field of urban metabolism and material flow in the built environment will present ongoing research activities.

09.30 – 09.50  Johann Fellner
09.50 – 10.10  Heba Allah Essam El-Din Khalil
10.10 – 10.30  Gang Liu
10.50 – 11.10  Regine Ortlepp
11.10 – 11.30  Leonardo Rosado
11.30 – 12.00  Concluding discussion

Each time slot includes a 15 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A.

Contact for the seminar: Liane Thuvander, ACE


Johann Fellner, Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-techn., is Associate Professor for Waste Management at TU Wien.
Since 2012 he is heading the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Anthropogenic Resources, a temporary research center that aims at enhancing the sustainable utilization of man-made resources. His research interests are the field of landfilling, thermal waste utilization, innovative waste analysis and waste management in developing countries. The overall goal of his methodologically oriented research is to optimize the anthropogenic metabolism in view of environmental protection and resource conservation.

Heba Allah Essam E. Khalil is a professor of sustainable urbanism at Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. Her research is focusing on urban metabolism and improving urban microclimate in highly dense cities through material flow analysis, simulation and participatory action research. Professionally, she works as an architect, urban planner, community facilitator and housing expert with multi-scale agencies, authorities and clients both local and international.

Gang Liu is Professor WSR at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, University of Southern Denmark. He is an industrial ecologist and his research aims to map the anthropogenic/socioeconomic metabolism and inform its sustainability transition through understanding materials and energy flows and their associated environmental consequences in a systems context, in particular for case studies of metal cycles, agrifood chains, urban systems, and low-carbon technologies.

Regine Ortlepp, Dr.-Ing. habil., is Head of Research Area Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Germany. Among others her research covers material flow analyses, resource conservation and efficiency, recycling, and circular economy.

Leonardo Rosado is an Associate professor in the Division of Water Environment Technology, research theme Urban Metabolism, at the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. In his research he focuses on the Urban Metabolism field, using a holistic approach to develop methods to study all resource flows of cities. Leonardo has developed a groundbreaking method to account for materials in urban areas – the Urban Metabolism Analyst. The main goal is to study cities to provide valuable information to stakeholders on different levels: waste management, urban planning, industry and households.
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Plats: SB-K582, meeting room, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Samhällsbyggnad I-II
Tid: 2020-01-22 09:30
Sluttid: 2020-01-22 12:00

Publicerad: fr 10 jan 2020.