WP4. Pilot Study Modeling of MEU

In order to define couplings and impairments for effective symbioses between waste and energy in the selected sites, at this stage the project will apply parametric design software[1] to model the selected MWF and adjacent neighborhoods as performative MEU. This 3D simulation includes all the information related to urban physical form and existing energy and matter flows taken from the on-site monitoring. It will envision possible connections between compatible waste and energy flows.

The implementation of results in selected sites, will be made according to the different needs—technological, urban or social—of participant councils. Each of the cities will entail fundamentally one of the following actions:

  • • Technological focus: Cluster local compatible energy and waste production through “prosthetic stations” to produce a local environmental supply-chain, making the existing MWF really perform as MEU. A connection with SENSIBLE action group could be specifically considered, through strategies of neighborhood energy collection/storage, renewable energy production, waste and secondary resource management or material reprocessing.
  • • Urban focus: Develop further simulation urban models to asset specific briefing for the future rehabilitation of MWF into MEU. Based on this briefing, municipalities could launch an ideas-competition through the corresponding university.
  • • Social focus: Promote social activity inside MWF recovering the lost notion of public spaces by means of urban gardening actions, or educational/didactic workshops about innovative recycling, domestic compost, home gardening, conscious consumption, etc. promoting healthier and more participative neighborhood environments.

  • [1] As they are Function Mixer, Cyclifier, or more technical tools as CYPE, Design Builder orEcotech, Vensim, Stella, Ithink, Powersim, Dynamo.
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