Urban Networks and Systems in the Sustainable City


Provide students with the fundamental concepts of:

The urban water cycle: technical and institutional solutions for the management of water use in urban environments, challenges and trends in good practice.

- The basics of theoretical and sizing of water treatment systems and wastewater oriented technologies that enable leading to more sustainable systems, including systems-oriented reuse (use of rainwater, gray water separation, etc.) .

- Policies and management systems aimed at the prevention and recovery of waste that are generated in the urban space and activities of construction and demolition of buildings (RCD).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Pedro de Nobre Carmona Rodrigues, Rita Maurício Rodrigues Rosa


Weekly - 1

Total - 28

Teaching language



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Martinho,M.G.; Gonçalves,M.G.; Silveira, A. (2010)- Gestão de Resíduos. Universidade Aberta (no prelo).

Metcalf & Eddy Inc, (2003) Wastewater Engineering: Treatment-Disposal-Reuse, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill International Editions, New York.

QASIM, Syed R. Wastewater treatment plants: planning, design, and operation / Syed R. Qasim ,2nd ed., CRC Press, cop. 1999.

Tchobanoglous,G.; Kreith,F. (2002). Handbook of Solid Waste Management. Second Edition. Mc Graw-Hill International Edition.

Winblad, U., and Hébert. 2004 & 1998. Ecological sanitation.Stockholm Environmental Institute. Stockholm.

Teaching method

The classes will provide the theoretical content and practice with the aim of guiding an individual or group research. The practical lessons will be geared towards learning through analysis and discussion of various instruments.

Evaluation method

Students of the course are evaluated continuously throughout the semester.

The final grade (FG), between 0 and 20, is the result of weighing between the results of 3 tests (T1, T2 and T3) in accordance with the following formula:

NF = (T1 + T2 + T3) / 3

The test score can be replaced by one from a final exam.

Subject matter

- New visions for the urban water cycle.

- Water sustainable use in urban areas.

- The pipeline systems efficiency and water distribution.

- Prevention and control of floods in urban areas.

- Waste water system. Introduction to systems and treatment. Basics.

- New threats associated with chemical compounds such as endocrine disruptors.

- Innovative Systems. New paradigms. Centralized versus decentralized systems.

- National policy and community legislation on waste management.

- Prevention and recovery of waste.

- Systems for waste collection and public cleansing.

- Legislation applicable to the RCD and to the reuse and recycling.

- The problem of treatment infrastructure location.



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