Ecological approaches in planning for sustainable cities : a review of the literature

Yigitcanlar, Tan & Dizdaroglu, Didem (2014) Ecological approaches in planning for sustainable cities : a review of the literature. Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management, 1(2), pp. 159-188.

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Abstract

Rapid urbanization has brought environmentally, socially, and economically great challenges to cities and societies. To build a sustainable city, these challenges need to be faced efficiently and successfully. This paper focuses on the environmental issues and investigates the ecological approaches for planning sustainable cities through a comprehensive review of the relevant literature. The review focuses on several differing aspects of sustainable city formation. The paper provides insights on the interaction between the natural environment and human activities by identifying environmental effects resulting from this interaction; provides an introduction to the concept of sustainable urban development by underlining the important role of ecological planning in achieving sustainable cities; introduces the notion of urban ecosystems by establishing principles for the management of their sustainability; describes urban ecosystem sustainability assessment by introducing a review of current assessment methods, and; offers an outline of indexing urban environmental sustainability. The paper concludes with a summary of the findings.

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ID Code: 79514
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable urban development, Sustainable city, Urban ecosystems, Sustainability assessment, Environmental indicators
ISSN: 2383-3572
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 2014 Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2014 00:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 03:10

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