Towards prosperous sustainable cities : a multiscalar urban sustainability assessment approach

Yigitcanlar, Tan, Dur, Fatih, & Dizdaroglu, Didem (2015) Towards prosperous sustainable cities : a multiscalar urban sustainability assessment approach. Habitat International, 45(1), pp. 36-46.

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Abstract

Prosperity and environmental sustainability of cities are inextricably linked. Cities can only maintain their prosperity when environmental and social objectives are fully integrated with economic goals for the purpose of a sustainable urban development. Sustainability assessment helps policy-makers decide what actions they should and should not take in an attempt to make our cities more sustainable. There are numerous models available for measuring and evaluating urban sustainability, and they focus their analysis on a specific scale—i.e., micro, mezzo, or macro. In most cases these results are inadequate for the other scales, though generating reliable results for that particular scale. The paper introduces a multiscalar urban sustainability approach by linking two sustainability assessment models evaluate sustainability performances in micro- and mezzo-levels and generate multiscalar results for the macro-level. The paper puts this approach into test in Gold Coast, Australia, and sheds light on the development of a more accurate sustainability analysis that may be interconnected with UN-Habitat’s City Prosperity Index.

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ID Code: 74725
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable urban development, Urban sustainability assessment, Multiscalar approach, Sustainability indicators, City prosperity
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.06.033
ISSN: 0197-3975
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 2015 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Habitat International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Habitat International, [in press (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.06.033
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2014 03:19
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2015 19:47

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