Sustainable urban futures : an ecological approach to sustainable urban development

Dizdaroglu, Didem, Yigitcanlar, Tan, & Dawes, Les A. (2009) Sustainable urban futures : an ecological approach to sustainable urban development. In Jaiswal, Sumeet & Wang, Liang (Eds.) Proceedings of The Second Infrastructure Theme Postgraduate Conference 2009: Rethinking Sustainable Development - Planning, Infrastructure Engineering, Design and Managing Urban Infrastructure, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 187-195.


In recent years, cities show increasing signs of environmental problems due to the negative impacts of urban activities. The degradation and depletion of natural resources, climate change and development pressure on green areas have become major concerns for cities. In response to these problems, urban planning policies have shifted to a sustainable focus and authorities have begun to develop new strategies for improving the quality of urban ecosystems. An extremely important function of an urban ecosystem is to provide healthy and sustainable environments for both natural systems and communities. Therefore, ecological planning is a functional requirement in the establishment of sustainable built environment. With ecological planning human needs are supplied while natural resources are used in the most effective and sustainable manner. And the maintenance of ecological balance is sustained. Protecting human and environmental health, having healthy ecosystems, reducing environmental pollution and providing green spaces are just a few of the many benefits of ecological planning. In this context, the paper briefly presents a short overview of the importance of the implementation of ecological planning into sustainable urban development. Furthermore, the paper defines the conceptual framework of a new method for developing sustainable urban ecosystems through ecological planning approach. In the future of the research, this model will be developed as a guideline for the assessment of the ecological sustainability in built environments.

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ID Code: 29539
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainable Urban Development, Environmental Sustainability, Ecological Planning
ISBN: 9781741072709
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Copyright Statement: This publication documents conference proceedings. Reproduction, but not modification, is permissable without the authors' consent but must be referenced appropriately. No modification of this publication's contents is allowed.
Deposited On: 26 Jan 2010 23:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:16

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