Urban material flow management: instruments for the resource-efficient development of urban neighborhoods

The increasing dynamics of neighborhood planning is therefore an opportunity for the establishment of urban material flow management, which has so far only taken place sectorally (e.g. in the energy sector) and rather reactively (e.g. recycling concept for demolition). The current obstacles for a neighborhood-based material flow management lie partly in the lack of awareness for the possibilities of planning processes to influence resource efficiency, but partly also in the lack of information bases and instruments for a comprehensive assessment of the aspects of resource efficiency on the neighborhood level. Against this background, the project aims to develop knowledge and information bases as well as practice-related instruments for a neighborhood-based material flow management and to test them in the context of real planning processes.

The project develops methods and instruments as a “toolbox for resource efficiency” for knowledge-based management in municipal planning processes. This includes conceptual basics, their implementation in IT-based tools for practice and the investigation of framework conditions for successful integration in planning processes. The real neighborhood planning processes of the municipal partners Darmstadt and Wiesbaden provide the requirement profiles for the scientific work and the environment for testing the “toolbox”. From this, prerequisites for stabilization in planning processes are derived.

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TU Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Stoffstrommanagement und Ressourcenwirtschaft


01. März 2019 – 28. Februar 2022


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (FKZ: 033W109A)