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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 321-340; doi:10.3390/su2010321

Developing a Sustainability Assessment Model: The Sustainable Infrastructure, Land-Use, Environment and Transport Model

School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia
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Received: 7 December 2009 / Accepted: 11 January 2010 / Published: 18 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Sustainability and the Built Environment)
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Abstract

Measuring the comparative sustainability levels of cities, regions, institutions and projects is an essential procedure in creating sustainable urban futures. This paper introduces a new urban sustainability assessment model: “The Sustainable Infrastructure, Land-use, Environment and Transport Model (SILENT)”. The SILENT Model is an advanced geographic information system and indicator-based comparative urban sustainability indexing model. The model aims to assist planners and policy makers in their daily tasks in sustainable urban planning and development by providing an integrated sustainability assessment framework. The paper gives an overview of the conceptual framework and components of the model and discusses the theoretical constructs, methodological procedures, and future development of this promising urban sustainability assessment model.
Keywords: sustainable urban development; urban sustainability; urban sustainability assessment; indicator-based sustainability assessment; sustainability indicators; sustainability indexing model sustainable urban development; urban sustainability; urban sustainability assessment; indicator-based sustainability assessment; sustainability indicators; sustainability indexing model
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Yigitcanlar, T.; Dur, F. Developing a Sustainability Assessment Model: The Sustainable Infrastructure, Land-Use, Environment and Transport Model. Sustainability 2010, 2, 321-340.

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