Indicators to Measure Sustainability in Urban Developments

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The evaluation of planning is a complex and though exercise but, in the context of sustainable development, has become a relevant and necessary. It is important to develop methodologies that allow efficiency gains in the planning process and a timely evaluation of its activity in order to accomplish its objectives and ensure that those same objectives are framed in the principles of sustainable development. In this context planning’s evaluation procedure is something that satisfies the need to assure the quality its actions and the optimization of the means applied to its process. In the framework of sustainability that one wants applied to all vectors of human activity the evaluation of municipal plans assumes preponderance in light of the scarcity of resources and the irreversibility of territorial actions. Equally, climate change and demographic growth have introduced, into the planning process,, the need to anticipate their consequences. Today, the objective is that territorial actions no longer have a purely casuistic origin and becomes structured allowing it to respond to the real needs of communities (habitation, education, culture, environment, citizenship, social dynamics, demographics and others) ensuring that, progressively, their quality of life improves. In order to achieve these goals, territorial planning, through its role in supporting human activities needs to construct an operational tool that allows it to continue supporting the development of societies and simultaneously bringing that process into the framework of sustainability. [1] Land occupation is a process in constant mutation, it is therefore important to evaluate this process and its contribution to the degradation of the ecological carrying capacity of the territory as well as whether or not territorial development and planning have become socially acceptable, politically and economically viable and most importantly, technically feasible [2]. All these factors are essential and must be considered within a new model and applied to the evaluation of sustainability in a municipal plan.
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Sustainable Building Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
EventSB11 - World Sustainable Building Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceSB11 - World Sustainable Building Conference
Period1/01/11 → …

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