Are People Responsive to a More Sustainable, Decentralized, and User-Driven Management of Urban Metabolism?
AbstractSmart, green, and resilient city paradigms have been mainly promoted through top-down and technocratic approaches. However, based on the notion to return to “the right to the city”, emerging community-driven initiatives are providing self-managed infrastructures contributing to urban sustainability transitions. This paper explores the relevance of the behavioral aspects of people-centered approaches in dealing with two different facets of urban metabolism: physical infrastructure (involvement with the management of decentralized infrastructures) and consumption patterns (involvement in proactive reduction of resources used). In the first case we assessed community perceptions about the roles, benefits, and willingness to proactively engage in the management of decentralized green infrastructures in Bogotá City, Colombia. For the second facet, we measured the effectiveness of change agents in re-shaping energy consumption decisions within urban social networks in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. This paper’s results show that pre-determined and standardized strategies do not guarantee positive, nor homogeneous, results in terms of meeting sustainability targets, or promoting community involvement. Hence, a better integration of people-centered and top-down approaches is needed through context-dependent policies, for enhancing both users’ appreciation of and commitment to urban metabolism participative management. View Full-Text
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Chelleri, L.; Kua, H.W.; Rodríguez Sánchez, J.P.; Nahiduzzaman, K.M.; Thondhlana, G. Are People Responsive to a More Sustainable, Decentralized, and User-Driven Management of Urban Metabolism? Sustainability 2016, 8, 275.
Chelleri L, Kua HW, Rodríguez Sánchez JP, Nahiduzzaman KM, Thondhlana G. Are People Responsive to a More Sustainable, Decentralized, and User-Driven Management of Urban Metabolism? Sustainability. 2016; 8(3):275.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chelleri, Lorenzo; Kua, Harn W.; Rodríguez Sánchez, Juan P.; Nahiduzzaman, Kh M.; Thondhlana, Gladman. 2016. "Are People Responsive to a More Sustainable, Decentralized, and User-Driven Management of Urban Metabolism?" Sustainability 8, no. 3: 275.
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