THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Number 2(11), May 2009 

 

1. EDITORIAL NOTE

Sofia COLESCA

Academy of Economic Studies

 Romania

Since the begining of this year, once with the new form of the journal, we have exerted every effort to make TERUM a quality publication that provides an international forum for researchers who are concerned with urban management. Our Editorial team has strived hard for refining the submitted papers and further increasing the quality of research papers, which resulted in TERUM being indexed in various databases or directories  ...

2. INFORMAL HOUSING IN GREECE: A QUANTITATIVE SPATIAL ANALYSIS

Serafeim POLYZOS

Dionysios MINETOS

University of Thessaly

Greece

During the last 50 years in Greece growing demand for urban (residential and industrial) space has resulted in unplanned residential development and informal dwelling construction to the expense of agricultural and forest land uses. Despite the fact that the post-war challenge faced by the state in providing minimal housing for their citizens has been met the informal settlements phenomenon still proceeds ...

3. FINANCING COMMUNITY FACILITIES: A STUDY OF THE PARKS AND RECREATIONAL GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MEASURE OF SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Shishir MATHUR

San Jose State University

United States of America

This study of the City of San Jose’s Parks and Recreation General Obligation (GO) Bond Measure seeks to identify the politics-, management-, and planning-related lessons learned by the City as it developed its community facilities using the GO bonds proceeds....

4. URBAN PLANNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN LOS ANGELES: AN OVERVIEW

Xueming Chen

Virginia Commonwealth University

United States of America

This paper gives an overview of the urban planning management system in Los Angeles, United States. This system consists of institutional subsystem, legal subsystem, operational subsystem, and technical subsystem. The City of Los Angeles Planning Department carries out its urban planning responsibilities in accordance with the General Plan Guidelines promulgated by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research   ...

5. RETHINKING PLANNING THEORY AND PRACTICE: A GLIMMER OF LIGHT FOR PROSPECTS OF INTEGRATED PLANNING TO COMBAT COMPLEX URBAN REALITIES

Ahmed Baha' El-Deen ABUKHATER

University of Texas at Austin

United States of America

Throughout the past half century, there has been a growing and persisting demand towards developing more integrated approaches to planning as a way to combat the notoriously complex and chronic urban problems. Cognizant of this need, this paper, while offering justification for such a planning approach, discusses problematic aspects of current planning practice and highlights key lessons and parallels from past experiences regarding the idea of planning comprehension, rationality in planning, and the role of power and politics in plan-making and plan implementation ... 

6. TERRORIST THREATS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Ioan NAŞCU

Academy of Economic Studies

 Romania

Public transportation is an activity facing various problems. One of them, very complex and dangerous, is terrorism which together with criminal activities and vandalism, is making the top of the threats affecting public transportation and therefore urban life quality. Public transportation has several characteristics which make it vulnerable to terroris attacks and a main target for them. To compensate for these weeknesses, certain solutions are necessary to prevent the attack or in case it already took place, to reduce the human and  material  losses ...

7. THE SMART CITY INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT & MONITORING

Mahmoud AL-HADER

Limitless, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

 

Ahmad RODZI

University Putra Malaysia

Malaysia

The smart city infrastructure is the introductory step for establishing the overall smart city framework and architecture. Very few smart cities are recently established across the world. Some examples are: Dubai, Malta, Kochi (India), Singapore. The scope of these cities is mainly limited to construct a technology park converting the industrial real estate to state of the art information technology using the evolution in the telecom and IP networks including insignificant asset management automation system ...

8. INDUSTRIAL AREAS. A SURVEY, ANALYSIS AND APPRAISAL OF THE POTENTIAL FOR CONVERSION OF DISUSED INDUSTRIAL AREAS IN TICINO

Enrico SASSI

 Francesco VISMARA

 Nicoletta Ossanna CAVADINI

Josep ACEBILLO

i.CUP - Institute for the Contemporary Urban Project

USI - Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio

Switzerland

This research, promoted by the Università della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, through i.CUP (Institute for the Contemporary Urban Project) laid the ground for establishing an observatory of industrial buildings that would give special attention to their fall into disuse and – at the same time – explore the scenarios for appraising the scope for converting potentially disused buildings and land. The study of disused industrial buildings in Ticino revealed considerable scope for the reuse of potentially disused industrial buildings ...

9. GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND URBAN MANAGEMENT

Carmen RĂDUŢ

Ramona CHIŢU

Constantin Brâncoveanu University

Romania

GIS represents a working technique more and more useful for contemporary world both in the field of theoretical research and in very many practical activities. In fact, GIS represents a system that has more informational components, reported to geographical coordinates. Components introduction, their storing, interpretation and analysis is done by means of the computer, the result being mainly the ability to see some complex information, spatially differentiated in comparison to real geographical coordinates  ...

10. SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES OF INTEREST-FREE MICRO-FINANCE INSTITUTIONS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION. THE BANGLADESH PERSPECTIVE

Jannat Ara PARVEEN

Faculty of Business Administration

University of Chittagong

Bangladesh

The main focus of this research is to critically evaluate the sustainability issues of Interest-free Micro–Finance Institutions (MFIs) in general and a recently developed micro finance model - Rural Development Scheme (RDS) of Islamic Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) in particular. Recently, in micro finance literature, the term „sustainability or self-sustainability” has been discussed and analyzed widely among the practitioners, researchers and policy makers as an important development indicator of both MFIs and its clients ...

11. CLUSTERS – A NEW FORM OF REGIONS` DEVELOPMENT IN SLOVAKIA

Darina CHLEBÍKOVÁ

Janka MRÁZIKOVÁ

Economics Department, Zilina university

Slovakia

A new form of regions` development is based on development of territorial entity and utilization of specific region unique in order to underline region positives and create maximum work opportunities. These forms include parks and clusters. They are factors of productivity and competetiveness increase on the national and international scale. The effects are not permanent. In 2008 Slovak Republic signed an international treaty with other countries of the Middle and Eastern Europe regarding corporate strategies and future innovative goals and clusters politics...

12. BETWEEN HISTORY AND TOWN-PLANNING: DANITIS, MACCABEES, SADDUCEES, MEDICIS, SURICIS, CHRISTIANS AND MARRANOS IN TERRA DI LAVORO IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Giancarlo BOVA

Piazzolla Academy

Italy

The coexistence of different peoples and civilization in ‘Terra di Lavoro’ Caserta - Italy during the Middle Ages urged the Author to ask himself what role everyone of them played there. In particular from the analysis the reader can learn about the minority Hebraic ethnic groups of Danitis, Maccabees, Medicis, Sadducees, Suricis and of others, whose traces had been lost since the destruction of the second Temple in 70 A .D. These peoples were certainly Christianity brokers in the huge area which was the target of the historical research ...

13. CHALLENGES OF URBAN PLANNING AT THE FACE OF COUNTER-URBANIZATION

Kazi Saiful ISLAM

Khulna University

Bangladesh

Counter-urban movement is becoming more and more common phenomenon nowadays. Several countries have started loosing population; many other are facing tremendous loss of urban population.  This paper has addressed the global and local challenges and issues of counter-urban movement and subsequently their response pattern at the same scale ...

14. BOOK REVIEW ON CITIES AS SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEMS: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES. AUTHORS: PETER NEWMAN, ISABELLA JENNINGS

Ionela Georgiana ŞTEFAN

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania

In 2008, Island Press House published an illustrated edition of the book „Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems. Principles and Practices”, ISBN 1597261882, 9781597261883, written by Peter Newman, Isabella Jennings ...