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Rethinking Design and Urban Planning for the Cities of the Future

Saaty, Thomas and De Paola, Pierfrancesco (2017) Rethinking Design and Urban Planning for the Cities of the Future. Buildings, 7 (3). ISSN 2075-5309

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Growth of urban areas and abandonment of rural areas are phenomena that increase quickly. The main consequences of urbanization are pollution, consumption of resources and energy, waste dumps, and junk yards. These aspects require a better planning and design of European urban metropolitan areas, considering benefits, opportunities, costs and risks (B.O.C.R.), derivable by urban transformations and available resources. The paper consists of five parts. The first part contains some reflections on consequences of urban sprawl. In the second part, some possible kinds of cities are discussed (sustainable city, smart city, and compact city). The third part briefly describes a multicriteria decision-making approach known as the ‘analytic hierarchy process’ to deal with complex decisions. In the fourth part, alternative city models are analyzed (compact city, elevated city, green house city, and water city). Finally, in the fifth part, the criteria selected for the planning and design of the alternative city models are used for the prioritization of some European cities.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Saaty, Thomas
De Paola, Pierfrancesco
Date: 24 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Buildings
Volume: 7
Number: 3
Publisher: MDPI AG
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/buildings7030076
Schools and Programs: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business > Business Administration
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: planning, design and urban transformations, analytic hierarchy process (AHP), analytic network process (ANP), B.O.C.R. model, compact city, European cities
ISSN: 2075-5309
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 18:48
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 18:48


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