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Information and communication technologies : catalysts for sustainable development

Yigitcanlar, Tan (2010) Information and communication technologies : catalysts for sustainable development. In Yigitcanlar, Tan (Ed.) Rethinking Sustainable Development : Urban Management, Engineering, and Design. IGI Global, Engineering Science Reference, United States of America, pp. 73-89.

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    Abstract

    The concept of sustainable urban development has been pushed to the forefront of policy-making and politics as the world wakes up to the impacts of climate change and the effects of modern urban lifestyles. Today, sustainable development has become a very prominent element in the day-to-day debate on urban policy and the expression of that policy in urban planning and development decisions. As a result of this, during the last few years, sustainable development automation applications such as sustainable urban development decision support systems have become popular tools as they offer new opportunities for local governments to realise their sustainable development agendas. This chapter explores a range of issues associated with the application of information and communication technologies and decision support systems in the process of underpinning sustainable urban development. The chapter considers how information and communication technologies can be applied to enhance urban planning, raise environmental awareness, share decisions and improve public participation. It introduces and explores three web-based geographical information systems projects as best practice. These systems are developed as support tools to include public opinion in the urban planning and development processes, and to provide planners with comprehensive tools for the analysis of sustainable urban development variants in order to prepare the best plans for constructing sustainable urban communities and futures.

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    ID Code: 38558
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: Sustainable Urban Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Information and Communication Technologies, Web-based Geographical Information Systems, Community-based Planning, Public Participation
    DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-775-6
    ISBN: 9781616920227
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified (120599)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI Global
    Deposited On: 17 Nov 2010 09:39
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:23

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