The livability of spaces: Performance and/or resilience? Reflections on the effects of spatial heterogeneity in transport and energy systems and the implications on urban environmental quality

L. Estévez-Mauriz, J.A. Fonseca, Claudiu Forgaci, N. Björling

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Abstract

Cities can be seen as systems of organized complexity formed by interrelated and highly dynamic sub-systems. This paper reflects on the interactions and tensions between socio-ecological and/or socio-technical sub-systems in cities and their capacity to either improve or block urban processes. In this context, spatial heterogeneity could enhance or hinder the performance and resilience of critical urban sub-systems such as transport and energy. The consequence of this interaction might be detrimental to environmental quality (air and acoustic) and the livability of urban areas. This rationale may improve political and expert decision-making processes toward sustainable, resilient and livable cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • spatial heterogeneity
  • environmental quality
  • urban systems performance
  • urban resilience

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