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Public Open Spaces Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) in Saudi Universities: The Case of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah

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Landscape Architecture Department, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80210, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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New Light Technologies Inc., Washington, DC 20005, USA
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 915; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020915
Received: 20 December 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 14 January 2021 / Published: 18 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Built Environment)
Public open spaces (POSs) provide multiple services (such as facilities for physical activities and social interactions) to local people, and these services are important for the well-being of society and for improving the quality of life. Extensive research on POSs has been carried out in developed countries (such as the US and Australia, as well as European countries including Spain, France, and Germany). However, POSs in the Saudi Arabian context remain unexplored. This study aims to examine the importance and performance of public open spaces on King Abdulaziz University (KAU) campus, Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia, using importance-performance analysis (IPA). One-way ANOVA and Kruskal–Wallis tests were performed to identify differences in the importance and performance of POSs. It was observed that there are significant differences between the importance and performance of public open spaces on the KAU campus, as perceived by stakeholders. Therefore, this study may be helpful in understanding the importance and performance of public open spaces, allowing spaces to be prioritized to improve management and restore open spaces to achieve environmental sustainability at a local scale. In addition, this study suggests that decision-makers involved in campus planning should consider the contribution of public open spaces to education, recreation, and the environment, at the campus planning stage. View Full-Text
Keywords: Saudi Arabia; public open space; King Abdulaziz University; importance-performance analysis; discrepancies Saudi Arabia; public open space; King Abdulaziz University; importance-performance analysis; discrepancies
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Addas, A.; Maghrabi, A.; Goldblatt, R. Public Open Spaces Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) in Saudi Universities: The Case of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. Sustainability 2021, 13, 915. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020915

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Addas A, Maghrabi A, Goldblatt R. Public Open Spaces Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) in Saudi Universities: The Case of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):915. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020915

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Addas, Abdullah, Ahmad Maghrabi, and Ran Goldblatt. 2021. "Public Open Spaces Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) in Saudi Universities: The Case of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 915. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020915

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