How to build Urbanome, the genome of the city?

Lidia Morawska, Wendy Miller, Matt Riley, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Yong Guan Zhu, Guy B. Marks, Prachi Garnawat, Prashant Kumar, Marie Thynell

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The world's population is shifting to the cities, and consequently, cities worldwide are growing in number and in size. Cities are complex systems, making it extremely difficult to build and run cities in a way that all the elements of the system operate in harmony. Recently a concept of urbanome, the genome of the city was proposed to address this complexity. Here we first explore this concept and analogy, taking advantage of the potential of other ‘omics, modern data collection techniques, Big Data analysis methods and a transdisciplinary approach. Then, we propose a theoretical approach to build the urbanome as a means of quantifying and qualifying population outcomes, being a function of the form of an urban area including the built environment, the physical and social services it provides, and the population density.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152310
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


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