An alternative model for evaluating sustainable urbanization

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Journal / PublicationCities
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

In recent years, there has been rapid urbanization worldwide, resulting in both benefits and problems. Sustainable urbanization has become an important aspect in promoting sustainable development. Existing studies have introduced various methodologies to guide urbanization towards sustainable practices. The application of these methods has contributed to improving urban sustainability. To further support the effective applications of the principles of sustainable urbanization, a tool is needed to evaluate whether a particular process of urbanization is sustainable. In this paper, we introduce an alternative model for evaluating sustainable urbanization by investigating the relationship between urbanization and urban sustainability. The practice of sustainable urbanization is defined as a dynamic process that enables urban sustainability to improve or to maintain a certain level of practice. By employing this definition, we introduce a sustainable urbanization elasticity coefficient e SU, which is defined by two parameters: urbanization velocity (V μR) and urban sustainability velocity (V μS). The sustainability of an urbanization process is measured by the value of e SU or read from the V μR-V μS coordinate. A case study demonstrates the application of the measure e SU and the V μR-V μS coordinate. The proposed model is an effective tool to help policy makers understand whether the urbanization processes they support are sustainable and thus whether to correct practices. The model also allows comparison of different urbanization practices and thereby encourages the sharing of successful experiences. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Sustainable urbanization, Sustainable urbanization elasticity coefficient (e SU), Urban sustainability, Urban sustainability velocity (V μS), Urbanization rate, Urbanization velocity (V μR), V μR-V μS coordinate

Citation Format(s)

An alternative model for evaluating sustainable urbanization. / Shen, Liyin; Peng, Yi; Zhang, Xiaoling; Wu, Yuzhe.

In: Cities, Vol. 29, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 32-39.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review