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Sustainable Urban Development Volume 2
The Environmental Assessment Methods

ISBN 9780203417034
Published April 11, 2007 by Routledge
544 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, the second of a three-volume series, leading authorities on the methodology of environmental assessment provide a unique insight into questions of critical importance to sustainable urban development. Using the framework and protocols set out in Volume 1, Volume 2 examines how well the environmental assessment methods evaluate the ecological integrity of urban development and equity of the resulting resource distribution. The examination focuses on:

  • the instruments of environmental assessment
  • approaches to environmental assessment based in systems-thinking
  • methods for environmental, economic and social assessments
  • their use in evaluating the sustainability of urban development.

The Sustainable Urban Development Series contains the research and debate of the BEQUEST (Building, Environmental Quality Evaluation for Sustainability) network funded by the European Commission. Together the books provide a framework, set of protocols, environmental assessment methods and toolkit for policy makers, academics, professionals and advanced level students in urban planning and studies, as well as other areas of the built environment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part 1: Environmental Assessment  2. Environmental Assessment Methods within the EU  Part 2: Systems Thinking-Based Approaches  3. The Multi-Modal Systems Thinking Approach to Sustainable Evaluation  4. The Human Sustainable City, Values, Approaches and Evaluative Tool  5. The Role of Evaluation in Supporting Human Sustainable Development  6. The Role of Modelling in Urban Sustainability Assessment  Part 3: Methods for Environmental Valuations  7. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Multi-Criteria Analysis  8. Contingent Valuation Method  9. The Hedonic Price Method  Part 4: Methods for Environmental, Economic and Social Assessments  4.1 Simple, Complex and Advanced Evaluations  10. Analytical Hierarchy Process  11. The Application and Development of Ecological Footprints  12. Urban Spiders: A Comparative Framework for Evaluation and Scenario Analysis  13. The Flag Method  14. Regime Analysis  4.2 Advanced Evaluations of Urban Land Use  15. The Assessment of Multi-Functional Land Use  16. The PROPOLIS Model for Assessing Urban Sustainability  4.3 Advanced Evaluations of Urban Land Use, Buildings and Estates  17. Sustainability Assessment of Building Design and Construction  18. Life Cycle Analysis of Buildings, Groups of Buildings and Urban Fragments  4.4 Very Advanced Evaluations of Neighbourhoods, Districts and Cities  19. The AUSTIME Methodology: Quantifiable Sustainability Assessment Coupled with Multi-Agent Simulation  20. H2QR: A Research and Demonstration Project for Assessing Sustainable Neighbourhood Development  21. Assessing Sustainable Community Development Proposals  Part 5. Evaluating the Sustainability of Urban Development  22. The Assessment of Environmental Equity and Environmental Justice: Methodological Issues  23. Participative and Inter-Active Evaluation: A Review of the Methodologies  24. Sustainable Urban Futures: From Models to Competing Pathways  25. Conclusions

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Mark Deakin is Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the School of the Built Environment, Napier University. Gordon Mitchell is Lecturer at the School of Geography & Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University. Peter Nijkamp is Professor in Regional and Urban Economics and Economic Geography at the Free University, Amsterdam. Ron Vreeker is Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Spatial Economics, Free University, Amsterdam.