REPAiR – REsource Management in Peri-urban AReas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism


Project Proposal | Abstract

A shift towards a more circular economy is crucial to achieve more sustainable and inclusive growth. The core objective of
REPAiR is to provide local and regional authorities with an innovative transdisciplinary open source geodesign decision support
environment (GDSE) developed and implemented in living labs in six metropolitan areas. The GDSE allows creating integrated,
place-based eco-innovative spatial development strategies aiming at a quantitative reduction of waste flows in the strategic
interface of peri-urban areas. These strategies will promote the use of waste as a resource, thus support the on-going initiatives
of the European Commission towards establishing a strong circular economy. The identification of such eco-innovative
strategies will be based as much as possible on the integration of life cycle thinking and geodesign in order to operationalise
urban metabolism. Our approach differs from previous UM as we introduce a reversed material flow accounting in order to
collect data accurate and detailed enough to allow for the design of a variety of solutions to place-based challenges. The
developed impact and decision models allow quantification and validation of alternative solution paths and therefore promote
sustainable urban development built upon near-field synergies between the built and natural environments. This will be
achieved by quantifying and tracking essential resource flows, mapping and quantification of negative and positive effects of
present and future resource flows, and the determination of a set of indicators to inform decision makers concerning the
optimization of (re-)use of resources. The GDSE will be made available on an open source platform. With a budget of 5.1 million
euro, REPAiR funds a consortium rich in experience in waste and resource management, spatial decision support, territorial
governance, spatial planning and urban design, and has deep knowledge of the six case study areas. REPAiR is supported by
a user board, of key stakeholders for the development of CE as well as local authorities, who are heavily involved in the GDSE


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LEAD Partner: Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Department of Urbanism – Chair of Environmental Technology
and Design
Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Arjan van Timmeren
Scientific Project Management: DI Alexander Wandl, MSC


NL        Delft University of Technology (TUD)
BE        Ghent University (UG)
I            DiARC UNINA – University of Naples Federico II (UNINA)
D          HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)
H          Institute for Regional Studies, CERS of HAS, MTA KRTK (RKI)
PL         Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences (IGiPZ)
I            Joint Research Centre (JRC)
NL        Geo-Col GIS and Collaborative Planning (Geo-Col)
NL        Delta Development Group (DELTA)
H          BIOKOM Nonprofit Ltd (BIOKOM)
D           Gertz Gutsche Rümenapp Stadtentwicklung und Mobilität GbR (GGR)
BE         OVAM – Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM)
NL        Municipality of Haarlemmermeer (GHM)
I            Campania Regional Authority (CRA)
PL         Pheno horizon (PHH)
D/I       Bauer Umwelt GmbH (BMU)
D          Stadtreinigung Hamburg (SRH)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 688920.