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The Making of Sustainable Urban Development: A Synthesis Framework

Institute of Natural Resources Management, National Taipei University, 151 University Road, San Shia District, New Taipei City 23741, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Md Saidul Islam
Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 492;
Received: 29 February 2016 / Revised: 7 May 2016 / Accepted: 14 May 2016 / Published: 19 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability through the Lens of Environmental Sociology)
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In a time of rapid climate change and environmental degradation, planning and building an ecologically sustainable environment have become imperative. In particular, urban settlements, as a densely populated built environment, are the center of attention. This study aims to build a clear and concise synthesis of sustainable urban development not only to serve as an essential reference for decision and policy makers, but also encourage more strategically organized sustainability efforts. The extensive similarities between environmental planning and a policy-making/decision-making/problem-solving process will be carefully examined to confirm the fundamental need to build a synthesis. Major global urban sustainability rankings/standards will be presented, discussed, and integrated to produce a holistic synthesis with ten themes and three dimensions. The study will assemble disparate information across time, space, and disciplines to guide and to facilitate sustainable urban development in which both environmental concerns and human wellbeing are addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable urban development; synthesis framework; environmental planning sustainable urban development; synthesis framework; environmental planning

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