Quantitative and Non-traditional Data in Teaching Urban Metabolism

lynnette widder

Columbia University

Lynnette Widder (M.Arch, Columbia University, 1990; Sc.D., ETHZ, 2016) serves on the full-time faculty of the Masters of Sustainability Management Masters Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design; she has also taught at the ETH Zurich, Cornell University, City College of New York and Cranbrook Academy. She is the author of numerous articles on architectural history and sustainable building, and co-author of two books, Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow (William Stout, 2010) and Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Taylor and Francis, 2014). Her professional work with aardvarchitecture has been published in the US, Europe, China and Australia. From 1994-98, she was editor of the bilingual architecture quarterly Daidalos. Her current research focuses on sustainable building construction; urban resource flows; the material culture of building construction in post-war Germany; and textile-reinforced adobe


My work with students in Columbia University’s Masters of Sustainability Management program offers multiple examples of how a hybrid quantitative/empirical method can better characterize cities in terms of their resource... [ view full abstract ]


  1. lynnette widder (Columbia University)

Topic Areas

• Education in sustainability science , • Sustainable urban systems


TS-22 » Urban Metabolism case studies (15:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room G)

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