The project will be developed following a two-step structure by any of the front-runner cities in monitoring and implementation, and a two-step feedback model conceived both towards and from the follower cities in dissemination and validation of results. The aim is to integrate the monitoring/information tools throughout the entire process, avoiding fragmentary software, and using continuous feedback for its onsite evolution—as in Complex Adaptive Systems. The actions will not follow sequential order but rather will be structured in iterative loop.
This will be achieved in three phases—‘diagnostic’, ‘implementation’ and ‘exploitation’—in selected neighbourhoods of the participant cities. The impact of the proposed solutions will be investigated under three perspectives: society, technology and planning.
Diagnostic Phase—Urban Flows Assessment
The objectives of this phase are:
- • To create and discuss a mapping of strategic MWF and adjacent neighborhoods in front-runner cities (at least one per city). This process will be developed with the engagement of local consortia amongst councils, local business, and neighborhood associations to guarantee the maximum performance of implementation results.
- • To identify relevant assessment procedures for measuring the efficiency of current waste and energy management systems and their impact on neighborhood resilience. In particular, this aims to identify existing methods that account for both together and for their transferability to the selected sites.
- • To implement the aforementioned assessment method as on-site laboratories in selected Municipal Waste Facilities, identifying regulatory or technical gaps. These local platforms will be collecting and displaying relevant data related to household waste disposal and energy consumption. These laboratories will produce immediate benefits, as palliating intensive household consumption or improper disposal behaviors, while communicating community best- practices
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Fig. 1 SYMBIONT transition from current MWF to local laboratories and MEU