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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 2570-2602; doi:10.3390/su7032570

Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment: Evaluating Residential Development Sustainability in a Developing Country Context

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School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
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School of Planning and Surveying, University of Technology MARA, Seri Iskandar, Bandar Baru Seri Iskandar, Perak 32610, Malaysia
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 12 December 2014 / Revised: 14 February 2015 / Accepted: 16 February 2015 / Published: 3 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning, Development and Management of Sustainable Cities)
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Rapid urbanization, improved quality of life, and diversified lifestyle options have collectively led to an escalation in housing demand in our cities, where residential areas, as the largest portion of urban land use type, play a critical role in the formation of sustainable cities. To date there has been limited research to ascertain residential development layouts that provide a more sustainable urban outcome. This paper aims to evaluate and compare sustainability levels of residential types by focusing on their layouts. The paper scrutinizes three different development types in a developing country context—i.e., subdivision, piecemeal, and master-planned developments. This study develops a “Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment” tool and applies it to compare their sustainability levels in Ipoh, Malaysia. The analysis finds that the master-planned development, amongst the investigated case studies, possesses the potential to produce higher levels of sustainability outcomes. The results reveal insights and evidence for policymakers, planners, development agencies and researchers; advocate further studies on neighborhood-level sustainability analysis, and; emphasize the need for collective efforts and an effective process in achieving neighborhood sustainability and sustainable city formation. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability assessment; sustainable urban development; neighborhood sustainability; neighborhood sustainability assessment index; sustainable city; Ipoh; Malaysia sustainability assessment; sustainable urban development; neighborhood sustainability; neighborhood sustainability assessment index; sustainable city; Ipoh; Malaysia
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Yigitcanlar, T.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Teriman, S. Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment: Evaluating Residential Development Sustainability in a Developing Country Context. Sustainability 2015, 7, 2570-2602.

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