4.406 | Spring 2007 | Graduate

Ecologies of Construction


Industrial ecology: Origins and theory

Ausubel, J. H. “Industrial Ecology: Reflections on a Colloquium.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 89, no. 3 (1992): 879-884.

Clark, William C., and Nancy M. Dickson. “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Special Feature: Sustainability Science: The Emerging Research Program.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100, no. 14 (2003): 8059-8061.

Côté, Raymond P. “Exploring the Analogy Further.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 3, no. 2-3 (1999): 11-12.

Philosophical basis for environmental concern

Fischer-Kowalski, Marina. “Society’s Metabolism: The Intellectual History of Materials Flow Analysis, Part I: 1860-1970.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 2, no. 1 (1998): 61-78.

Fischer-Kowalski, Marina, and Walter Hüttler. “Society’s Metabolism: The Intellectual Historyof Materials Flow Analysis, Part II, 1970-1998.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 2, no. 4 (1998): 107-136.

Systems and complexity

Kay, James J., Henry A. Regier, Michelle Boyle, and George Francis. “An Ecosystem Approach for Sustainability: Addressing the Challenge of Complexity.” Futures 31, no. 7 (1999): 721-742.

Holling, C. S. “Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems.” Ecosystems 4, no. 5 (2001): 390-405.

Adaptive capacity and resilience Folke, Carl, Steve Carpenter, Thomas Elmqvist, Lance Gunderson, C. S. Holling, Brian Walker, Jan Bengtsson, Fikret Berkes, Johan Colding, Kjell Danell, Malin Falkenmark, Line Gordon, Roger Kasperson, Nils Kautsky, Ann Kinzig, Simon Levin, Karl-Göran Mäler, Fredrik Moberg, Leif Ohlsson, Per Olsson, Elinor Ostrom, Walter Reid, Johan Rockström, Hubert Savenije, and Uno Svedin. “Resilience and Sustainable Development: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformations.” ICSU Series on Science for Sustainable Development 3. Scientific Background Paper commissioned by the Environmental Advisory Council of the Swedish Government in preparation for WSSD. Paris: ICSU, 2002. (PDF)
The IPAT equation Chertow, Marian R. “The IPAT Equation and Its Variants: Changing Views of Technology and Environmental Impact.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 4, no. 4 (2000): 13-29.
Ecological footprint and resource consumption

World Wildlife Fund International, Institute of Zoology, and Global Footprint Network, Living Planet Report 2006.

Matthews, Emily. The Weight of Nations: Material Outflows from Industrial Economies. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, 2000. ISBN: 9781569734391.

Schulz, Klaus J., and Joseph A. Briskey. “The Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project.” U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 53-03, June 2003.

Matos, Grecia, and Lorie Wagner. “Consumption of Materials in the United States, 1900-1995.” Annual Reviews of Energy and the Environment 23 (1998): 107-122.

Wagner, Lorie A. “Materials in the Economy - Material Flows, Scarcity, and the Environment.” U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1221, February 2002.

Mathis Wackernagel Video. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the concept of Ecological Footprint and Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network. A streaming video explanation of the concept and utility of the ecological footprint directly from one of its co-creators.

Global climate change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Ford Motor Company. Ford Report on the Business Impact of Climate Change. (PDF)

Ruth, Matthias, Brynhildur Davidsdottir, and Anthony Amato. “Climate Change Policies and Capital Vintage Effects: The Cases of US Pulp and Paper, Iron and Steel, and Ethylene.” Journal of Environmental Management 70, no. 3 (2004): 235-252.

Ecological economics and natural capital

Ehrenfeld, John R. “The Roots of Sustainability.” MIT Sloan Management Review 46, no. 2 (2005): 23-25.

Ruth, Matthias. “A Quest for the Economics of Sustainability and the Sustainability of Economics.” Ecological Economics 56, no. 3 (2006): 332-342.

Ekins, Paul, Sandrine Simon, Lisa Deutsch, Carl Folke, and Rudolf De Groot. “A Framework for the Practical Application of the Concepts of Critical Natural Capital and Strong Sustainability.” Ecological Economics 44, no. 2-3 (2003): 165-185.

Chiesura, Anna, and Rudolf de Groot. “Critical Natural Capital: A Socio-cultural Perspective.” Ecological Economics 44, no. 2-3 (2003): 219-231.

Harte, M. J. “Ecology, Sustainability, and Environment as Capital.” Ecological Economics 15, no. 2 (1995): 157-164.

Dematerialization, Kuznet curve, rebound and other paradoxes

Lifset, Reid. “Patterns and Paradoxes.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 6, no. 1 (2002): 1-3.

Cleveland, Cutler J., and Matthias Ruth. “Indicators of Dematerialization and the Materials Intensity of Use.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 2, no. 3 (1998): 15-50.

Alcott, Blake. “Jevons’ Paradox.” Ecological Economics 54, no. 1 (2005): 9-21.

Ryan, Chris. “Dematerializing Consumption through Service Substitution Is a Design Challenge.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 4, no. 1 (2000): 3-6.

Resource consumption of contemporary industry

Ruth, Matthias, and Paolo Dell’Anno. “An Industrial Ecology of the U.S. Glass Industry.” Resources Policy 23, no. 3 (1997): 109-124.

Dahmus, J. B., and T. G. Gutowski. “Efficiency, Production, and Resource Consumption: A Historical Review of Ten Industries.” Draft Paper, 2007.

Industrial symbiosis, material exchange and ecoparks

Chertow, M. R., and D. R. Lombardi. “Quantifying Economic and Environmental Benefits of Co-located Firms.” Environmental Science & Technology 39, no. 17 (2005): 6535-6541.

Yoshimura, M., P. M. Frank, X. Ding, R. P. Côté, and T. Smolenaars. “Supporting Pillars for Industrial Ecosystems.” Journal of Cleaner Production 5, no. 1 (1997): 67-74.

Ishibashi, T., H. Okamura, J. Kocijan, and E. A. Lowe. “Creating By-product Resource Exchanges: Strategies for Eco-industrial Parks.” Journal of Cleaner Production 5, no. 1 (1997): 57-65.

Life cycle assessment (LCA)

Paladino Consulting. A Primer on LCA for Sustainable Building Projects. Seattle Public Utilities, 2000.

Graedel, Thomas E. Streamlined Life-cycle Assessment. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998, chapters 2 and 5. ISBN: 9780136074250.

Keoleian, Gregory A., Alissa Kendall, Jonathan E. Dettling, Vanessa M. Smith, Richard F. Chandler, Michael D. Lepech, and Victor C. Li. “Life Cycle Modeling of Concrete Bridge Design: Comparison of Engineered Cementitious Composite Link Slabs and Conventional Steel Expansion Joints.” Journal of Infrastructure Systems 11, no. 1 (2005): 51-60.

Giudice, F., G. La Rosa, and A. Risitano. “Materials Selection in the Life-cycle Design Process: A Method to Integrate Mechanical and Environmental Performances in Optimal Choice.” Materials & Design 26, no. 1 (2005): 9-20.

Ayres, Robert U. “Life Cycle Analysis: A Critique.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 14, no. 3-4 (1995): 199-223.

Material flow analysis (MFA)

Daniels, Peter L., and Stephen Moore. “Approaches for Quantifying the Metabolism of Physical Economies: Part I: Methodological Overview.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 5, no. 4 (2001): 69-93.

Daniels, Peter L. “Approaches for Quantifying the Metabolism of Physical Economies: A Comparative Survey: Part II: Review of Individual Approaches.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 6, no. 1 (2002): 65-88.

Design for environment (DfE), extended producer responsibility (EPR) and other strategies Lewis, Helen, John Gertsakis, Tim Grant, Nicola Morelli, and Andrew Sweatman. “Introduction.” In Design and Environment: A Global Guide to Designing Greener Goods. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 9781874719434.
Material intensity per unit of service (MIPS)

Ritthoff, Michael, Holger Rohn, and Christa Liedtke. Calculating MIPS: Resource Productivity of Products and Services. North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, 2002. ISBN: 3929944561.

Stiller, Hartmut. “Material Intensity of Advanced Composite Materials.” Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, 1999.

The built environment and “Green” buildings

Kibert, J. C. “Revisiting and Reorienting Ecological Design as Applied to the Built Environment.” Draft paper presented at the Construction Ecology Symposium, Cambridge, MA, 2006.

van Oss, Hendrik G., and Amy C. Padovani. “Cement Manufacture and the Environment: Part I: Chemistry and Technology.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 6, no. 1 (2002): 89-105.

———. “Cement Manufacture and the Environment: Part II: Environmental Challenges and Opportunities.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 7, no. 1 (2003): 93-126.

Worrell, Ernst, Lynn Price, Nathan Martin, Chris Hendriks, and Leticia Ozawa Meida. “Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Global Cement Industry.” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 26 (2001): 303-329.

Construction and deconstruction

Dantata, Nasiru, Ali Touran, and James Wang. “An Analysis of Cost and Duration for Deconstruction and Demolition of Residential Buildings in Massachusetts.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 44, no. 1 (2005): 1-15.

Cole, R. J. “Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with the Construction of Alternative Structural Systems.” Building and Environment 34, no. 3 (1998): 335-348.

Keoleian, G., S. Blanchard, and P. Reppe. “Life-cycle Energy, Costs, and Strategies for Improving a Single-family House.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 4, no. 2 (2001): 135-156.

Cities and Urban metabolism

Decker, Ethan H., Scott Elliott, Felisa A. Smith, Donald R. Blake, and F. Sherwood Rowland. “Energy and Material Flow through the Urban Ecosystem.” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 25 (2000): 685-740.

Doughty, M., and P. Hammond. “Sustainability and the Built Environment at and beyond the City Scale.” Building and Environment 39, no. 10 (2004): 1223-1233.

McGranahan, Gordon, and David Satterthwaite. “Urban Centers: An Assessment of Sustainability.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 28 (2003): 243-274.

Rees, William E. “Understanding Urban Ecosystems: An Ecological Economics Perspective.” Chapter 8 in Understanding Urban Ecosystems. Edited by Alan R. Berkowitz, Charles H. Nilon, and Karen S. Hollweg. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2002. ISBN: 9780387952376.

Neuman, Michael. “The Compact City Fallacy.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 25, no. 1 (2005): 11-26.

Fernández, John E. “Resource Consumption of New Urban Construction in China.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 11, no. 2 (2007): 99-115.

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