Title: Mapping wasteful urbanization. Re-engineering the resource dependency in Central Limburg
Authors: Marin, Julie
De Meulder, Bruno
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Ecocity Wold Summit 2015
Host Document: Ecocities in challenging environments
Conference: Ecocity World Summit 2015 edition:11 location:Abu Dhabi date:11-13 October, 2015
Article number: ECWS-A-1072
Abstract: In the light of resource scarcity, this paper aims to contribute to redefining relationships between urbanization and the land it depends on for natural resources. Resource efficient infrastructural systems are crucial in the regulation of a healthy and sustainable ‘urban metabolism’. But today, the link between urbanization and natural resources it depends on often seems to follow counterproductive logics as existing infrastructural systems can be extremely wasteful and inefficient [1].
The object of study is Central Limburg in Flanders, Belgium. Flanders’ dispersed urbanization is highly consumptive of natural resources, while at the same time regions such as the Campine contain enormous un(der)used local resources. Acknowledging that infrastructure systems conceived for dense urban settings are no longer feasible in an ever expanding urban realm that lacks the critical density, there is a need to shift radically to more decentralized infrastructure systems [2] that are robust and performant, less capital intensive and which help us to conserve natural resources which are slowly but steadily depleting [3].
A design research examines dependencies between resource flows and the production of space in order to develop scenarios and design strategies for re-cycling the territory through re-imagination of wasted resource flows and the infrastructural systems which support them. It proposes new infrastructural dependencies between urbanization and local resources which could become drivers for development of the dispersed territory as a resilient urban form.
Description: no issn
ISBN: 978-9948-18-687-8
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
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