The REPAiR – REsource Management in Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism, project was led by Alexander Wandl and Prof. Arjan van Timmeren of the Urbanism Department, chair of Environmental Design and Technology, University of Technology in Delft.

The project developed and implemented a tool that helps local and regional authorities reduce waste flows in peri-urban areas. A shift towards a more circular economy is crucial to achieve more sustainable and inclusive growth. The REPAiR project provided a geodesign decision support environment (GDSE). This environment assists local and regional authorities in reducing waste flows by helping them create integrated spatial development strategies that are both specific for the place at hand, transdisciplinary and eco-innovative. After 52 months of collaboration between 18 partner institutions within 10 different work packages, a lot of the material has been produced.

The GDSE was developed and implemented in ‘living labs’ in six metropolitan areas, namely Naples, Ghent, Hamburg, Pécs, Łódź and Amsterdam. The core objective of REPAiR was to provide local and regional authorities with an innovative transdisciplinary open source geodesign decision support environment (GDSE) developed and implemented in living labs in six metropolitan areas. The GDSE allows creating integrated, place-based eco-innovative spatial development strategies aiming at a quantitative reduction of waste flows in the strategic interface of peri-urban areas. These strategies will promote the use of waste as a resource, thus support the on-going initiatives of the European Commission towards establishing a strong circular economy.

Project partners are from academia, industry and public administration, which include:

Ghent University (BE)
DiARC UNINA – University of Naples Federico II (I)
HafenCity Universität Hamburg (D)
Institute for Regional Studies, CERS (H)
Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)
Joint Research Centre (I)
Geo-Col GIS and Collaborative Planning (NL)
Delta Development Group (NL)
BIOKOM Nonprofit Ltd (H)
Gertz Gutsche Rümenapp Stadtentwicklung und Mobilität GbR (D)
OVAM – Public Waste Agency of Flanders (BE)
Municipality of Haarlemmermeer (NL)
Campania Regional Authority (I)
Pheno horizon (PL)
Bauer Umwelt GmbH (D)
Stadtreinigung Hamburg (D)

The research project is funded by the European Union, Horizon 2020 
Duration: 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2020 
Leader of the project: University of Technology Delft
Head of Hungarian research group: Viktor Varjú 
Website of the project