Urban Sustainability Indicators

Urban Sustainability Indicators : A Guidebook

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The issues of urban sustainability are critical, and more so for cities with already high density where the problems of resource constraints, quality of urban community life, and quality of the physical environment are exacerbated by the sheer intensity of social and economic activities within the usually limited confines of metropolitan boundaries. This Guidebook to Urban Sustainability Indicators presents a comprehensive guide for assessing sustainable urban development. It covers thirteen thematic areas pertaining to sustainability of cities and urban areas, which have direct implications on spatial planning and policies, namely Land, Community, Economy, Transport, Biodiversity, Food, Energy, Climate, Air, Water, Waste, Governance and, Culture, and considers how they interlink with one another. The Guidebook aims to advance the knowledge of sustainable urban development and cities through cross-disciplinary thinking and evaluation. It presents sustainability performance indicators for self-assessment and benchmarking cities, and includes both qualitative and quantitative indicators.
It draws on a wide range of international databases such as the World Bank's Environmental Performance Indicators to local databases like the Sustainable Seattle Indicators. In total, over 1,100 indicators for sustainable development were studied and feature in the Guidebook. These indicators are organized into sub-themes or dimensions, each representing an area of focus or principle of sustainability. This book is a must read for those who want to have better understanding of the concept of integrated sustainability of urban development from a holistic perspective, rather than approaching sustainability from a single thematic issue. Scholars and students in Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability Assessment as well as urban professionals, planners and designers, policy makers and municipal authorities will benefit greatly from the diversity and the depth of each theme presented.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138804428
  • 9781138804425
  • 2,408,569

Table of contents

1. Introduction on Sustainable Urban Development Assessment 2. Framework of Sustainability 3. Achieving Sustainable Economic Growth 4. Developing the Sustainable Community 5. The Role of Culture in the Pursuit of Sustainability 6. Balanced Land Use and Management 7. Urban Air Quality, Pollution and Public Health 8. Sustainable Water Resource Management 9. Energy as Critical Resource for Cities 10. Sustainable Urban Transport 11. Waste Generation and Management 12. Biodiversity and Eco-System Services in the City 13. Food Security and Urban Agriculture 14. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 15. Governance and Leadership in Sustainable Urban Development 16. Conclusion
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