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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.03 An Index for Dimensions of Social Sustainability in Urban Areas

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Social sustainability is a vast and important aspect of sustainability, which has a direct impact on human life. As various studies have discussed, physical environment that accommodates social sustainability promotes physical and mental health, economic and environmental values, and social goals. However, there is a lack in understanding diverse dimensions of social sustainability from an urban designer’s perspective. This study emphasizes the significance of socio-cultural dimension of sustainability in urban design practice.
This study first explores values of social sustainability discussed in urban design and planning literature and identify key concepts of social sustainability in an urban context. This study then provides an index that measures diverse dimensions of social sustainability that are applicable in design projects. This framework will help urban designers and planners understand the complex nature of social sustainability and evaluate urban-scale project by applying the factors of social sustainability. The paper also demonstrates how to apply the index to measure social sustainability in urban design projects.


Kimya Salari, Iowa State University; Sungduck Lee, Iowa State University


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)