An ecological approach towards building knowledge cities

Dizdaroglu, Didem & Yigitcanlar, Tan (2013) An ecological approach towards building knowledge cities. In Yigitcanlar, Tan & Bulu, Melih (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th Knowledge Cities World Summit, Lookus Scientific, İstanbul Şehir University, Istanbul, pp. 608-622.

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A knowledge-based urban development needs to be sustainable and, therefore, requires ecological planning strategies to ensure a better quality of its services. The purpose of this paper is to present an innovative approach for monitoring the sustainability of urban services and help the policy-making authorities to revise the current planning and development practices for more effective solutions. The paper introduces a new assessment tool–Micro-level Urban-ecosystem Sustainability IndeX (MUSIX) – that provides a quantitative measure of urban sustainability in a local context.


A multi-method research approach was employed in the construction of the MUSIX. A qualitative research was conducted through an interpretive and critical literature review in developing a theoretical framework and indicator selection. A quantitative research was conducted through statistical and spatial analyses in data collection, processing and model application.


MUSIX was tested in a pilot study site and provided information referring to the main environmental impacts arising from rapid urban development and population growth. Related to that, some key ecological planning strategies were recommended to guide the preparation and assessment of development and local area plans.

Research limitations/implications

This study provided fundamental information that assists developers, planners and policy-makers to investigate the multidimensional nature of sustainability at the local level by capturing the environmental pressures and their driving forces in highly developed urban areas.


This study measures the sustainability of urban development plans through providing data analysis and interpretation of results in a new spatial data unit.

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ID Code: 62592
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainable urban development, urban ecosystems, sustainability assessment, knowledge city
ISBN: 9789944380119
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author
Copyright Statement: No reproduction, copy or transmission may be made without written permission from the individual authors.
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2013 23:00
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 00:26

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