Analyzing sustainability principles in Curitiba, the paper aims to study their applicability in the case of Shiraz in Iran. Considering the complexity of physical, social, cultural and environmental systems in urban planning, the research underlines the vitality of contextual studies, integration and implementation strategies in sustainability achievement in urban scale.
Case Studies in Transition Research in Phoenix, Arizona Abstract Sustainability challenges with severe local to global impacts require fundamental shifts in what industrial societies aspire to, generate, consume, and represent, as well as how they function.
Transition governance is a promising framework to support these transformational efforts. A key component of transition governance is the construction of transition strategies, i.
Despite accomplishments in building theory and methodology for transition governance, the concepts of what transition strategies entail and how they relate to specific interventions are still underdeveloped. This dissertation further develops the concept of transition strategies, and explores how different stakeholder groups and allies can develop and test transition strategies across different scales, in the specific context of urban sustainability challenges.
The overarching research question is: How can cities build and implement comprehensive transition strategies across different urban scales, from the city to the organizational level? The dissertation comprises four studies that explore the dynamic between transition strategies and experiments at the city, neighborhood, and organizational levels with empirical examples from Phoenix, Arizona.
The first study reviews and compares paradigms of intentional change, namely transition governance, backcasting, intervention research, change management, integrated planning, and adaptive management in order to offer a rich set of converging ideas on what strategies for intentional change towards sustainability entail.
The second study proposes a comprehensive concept of transition strategies and illustrates the concept with the example of sustainability strategies created through a research partnership with the City of Phoenix.
The third study explores the role of experiments in transition processes through the lens of the neighborhood-level initiative of The Valley of the Sunflowers. The fourth study examines the role organizations can play in initiating urban sustainability transitions using exemplary strategies and experiments implemented at a local high school.
The studies combined contribute to the further development of transition theory and sustainable urban development concepts. While this research field is at a nascent stage, the thesis provides a framework and empirical examples for how to build evidence-based transition strategies in support of urban sustainability.A required five-course core curriculum lays a foundation in sustainability values, strategies, and metrics through coursework in urban and natural systems, environmental economics, and .
Upcoming research will explore case studies of urban regeneration projects, detailing the partnerships and financing tools that contribute to success. Research findings will be presented in at policy seminars in Washington, DC and Seoul.
Developing and Testing Transition Strategies for Urban Sustainability: Case Studies in Transition Research in Phoenix, Arizona Abstract Sustainability challenges with severe local to global impacts require fundamental shifts in what industrial societies aspire to, generate, consume, and represent, as well as how they function.
The Sustainability Compass - a tool for analysing and orienting urban scale projects.
Effects of vernacular architecture structure on urban sustainability case study: Qeshm Island, Iran the present world is in need of being positioned in the path of sustainable urban development a case study of Iranian cities.
Habitat Int., 38 (), pp. Seattle, Washington. The project is an excellent example of urban infill and focuses on a blank lot in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
The 30’ wide by ’deep lot is sandwiched between two existing buildings and allows for approximately 13, square feet of new commercial space.