Neighborhood sustainability assessment : evaluating residential development sustainability in a developing country context

Yigitcanlar, Tan, Kamruzzaman, Md., & Teriman, Suharto (2015) Neighborhood sustainability assessment : evaluating residential development sustainability in a developing country context. Sustainability, 7(3), pp. 2570-2602.

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Rapid urbanization, improved quality of life, and diversified lifestyle options have collectively led to an escalation in housing demand in our cities, where residential areas, as the largest portion of urban land use type, play a critical role in the formation of sustainable cities. To date there has been limited research to ascertain residential development layouts that provide a more sustainable urban outcome. This paper aims to evaluate and compare sustainability levels of residential types by focusing on their layouts. The paper scrutinizes three different development types in a developing country context—i.e., subdivision, piecemeal, and master-planned developments. This study develops a “Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment” tool and applies it to compare their sustainability levels in Ipoh, Malaysia. The analysis finds that the master-planned development, amongst the investigated case studies, possesses the potential to produce higher levels of sustainability outcomes. The results reveal insights and evidence for policymakers, planners, development agencies and researchers; advocate further studies on neighborhood-level sustainability analysis, and; emphasize the need for collective efforts and an effective process in achieving neighborhood sustainability and sustainable city formation.

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ID Code: 82174
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainability assessment, sustainable urban development, sustainable urban development, sustainable urban development, sustainable urban development, Malaysia, Ipoh
DOI: 10.3390/su7032570
ISSN: 2071-1050
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 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2015 22:28
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 21:32

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