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Constructing sustainable urban futures: from models to competing pathways, impact assessment and project appraisal

Guy, S and Marvin, S 2001, 'Constructing sustainable urban futures: from models to competing pathways, impact assessment and project appraisal' , Journal of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 19 (2) , pp. 131-139.

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Abstract

This paper begins to build a conceptual framework that acknowledges the multiplicity of pathways towards different sustainable futures that often co-exist within a single city. There are three stages to the argument: the shift from the concept of a singular towards multiple models of what the sustainable city might become; the rejection of the simplistic use of models and the development of competing pathways to sustainable cities; and the recognition that a wide diversity of sustainable urban futures are likely to co-exist within a single city. The analytical framework of social constructivist theory developed here usefully demonstrates the contingent and contextual nature of technological innovation and building design.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the International Association for Impact Assessment
Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1461-5517
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 13:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16898

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