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Strategies for Symbiotic Urban Neighbourhoods

Towards Local Energy Self-Sufficiency


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
    Pages 11-16
  4. Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
    Pages 17-24
  5. Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
    Pages 25-47
  6. Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, Suren Erkman
    Pages 49-51
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 53-65

About this book


Utilizing the results of a case study on the Gare-Lac sector in the city of Yverdon-les-Bains – the site is currently a large urban brownfield, intended to host ca. 3,800 additional inhabitants and 1,200 jobs upon completion – this work examines how to design attractive urban neighbourhoods that generate endogenous economic activity and foster socio-cultural dynamics, while moving towards local energy self-sufficiency.

Exploring the different dimensions influencing energy self-sufficiency at the neighbourhood scale by integrating parameters related to buildings, infrastructure, mobility, food, goods and services, the work focuses on three scenarios (technological, behavioural and symbiotic) for the future development of this neighbourhood through 2035. The scenarios test different design strategies related to industrial symbioses, production, storage, transportation, and urban agriculture.


2000-Watt Society Industrial Ecology Sustainable Neighbourhoods Symbiotic Neighbourhoods Urban Agriculture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lab.of Arch.and Sustainable Tech. (LAST)Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne Lab.of Arch.and Sustainable Tech. (LAST)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST)Ecole polytechnique fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Industrial ecology group, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment of the University of Lausanne (UNIL)Institute of Earth Surface DynamicsLausanneSwitzerland

About the authors

Dr. Sophie Lufkin graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2005. She is the author of a doctoral thesis on the densification potential of disused railway areas and is currently working as a scientist and lecturer at the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies.
Prof. Emmanuel Rey, from the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), focuses his research and teaching in the field of sustainable architecture, with particular emphasis on the transcription of the principles of sustainability at different levels of intervention.

Prof. Suren Erkman earned his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Technology of Troyes (FR). After working several years as a science and business journalist, Suren founded several companies: Institute for Communication and Analysis of Science and Technology (ICAST, Geneva), Council on Industrial Ecology (EIC, Paris), and Resource Optimization Initiative (ROI,Bangalore). In March 2005, he joined the University of Lausanne, where he is currently professor and head of the industrial ecology group (School of Geosciences and the Environment, UNIL).

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