The objective of this research is to develop a large-scale interdisciplinary urban analysis of a post-metropolitan area in Northern Italy and provide outcomes that can be useful for policymakers, public utilities, urban designers, and other stakeholders in defining strategies to improve the territory. This research, implemented within a wide national academic study on several urban regions in Italy, focuses on a 100×100 km2 square territory around the centre of Milan that encompasses 904 municipalities. The main local input and output flows are analysed for each municipality by considering available databases. Urban performance is investigated in the research framework of urban metabolism, by applying a fuzzy logic model. The overall structure of the model, definition of subsystems, set of indicators, adopted benchmarks, and levels of importance of variables are calibrated to suit the particular context of applications. The model provides the UEI (urban efficiency index) outcome and a geographical information system (GIS) representation to facilitate the comparison between municipalities and territories and determine the low or high performance areas that necessitate further investigations. This work represents an important attempt in developing and applying methods for supporting decisions and defining policies towards more sustainable urban areas.

Implementation of an urban efficiency index to comprehend post-metropolitan territories—the case of Greater Milan in Italy

Caputo, Paola;Pasetti, Giulia;Ferrari, Simone
2019

Abstract

The objective of this research is to develop a large-scale interdisciplinary urban analysis of a post-metropolitan area in Northern Italy and provide outcomes that can be useful for policymakers, public utilities, urban designers, and other stakeholders in defining strategies to improve the territory. This research, implemented within a wide national academic study on several urban regions in Italy, focuses on a 100×100 km2 square territory around the centre of Milan that encompasses 904 municipalities. The main local input and output flows are analysed for each municipality by considering available databases. Urban performance is investigated in the research framework of urban metabolism, by applying a fuzzy logic model. The overall structure of the model, definition of subsystems, set of indicators, adopted benchmarks, and levels of importance of variables are calibrated to suit the particular context of applications. The model provides the UEI (urban efficiency index) outcome and a geographical information system (GIS) representation to facilitate the comparison between municipalities and territories and determine the low or high performance areas that necessitate further investigations. This work represents an important attempt in developing and applying methods for supporting decisions and defining policies towards more sustainable urban areas.
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY
Urban metabolism; Energy and environmental policies; Territorial planning; Urban utilities; Lombardy region
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