Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Medir la sostenibilidad urbana a escalas intermedias: compacidad-proximidad y habitabilidad-accesibilidad

Josep M. Llop

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This article explores the conditions for measuring sustainability that occur at intermediate scales, with the goal of enabling an operational reflection that can be applied to improve the quality of urban development plans and projects. This reflection should consider intermediate cities and urban areas, as well as large cities. The criteria and reflections presented in this article are based on degrees and indices related to the relationships between compactness and proximity, on the one hand, and habitability and accessibility, on the other. These relationships make it possible to measure sustainability at the physical scale and to compare the conditions in different cities
without difficulty. A network of professionals is working proactively at the international level with the UNESCO Chair on the topic of intermediate cities. The goal of their work is to contribute methodological advances to the forums and venues where global work is being conducted, in order to make local human development better, more sustainable, more harmonious, and aligned with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

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