THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Number 3(12), August 2009 

 

1. PLANNING FOR SMART URBAN ECOSYSTEMS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING

Tan YIGITCANLAR

Queensland University of Technology

 Australia

Since the industrial revolution, our world has experienced rapid and unplanned industrialization and urbanization. As a result, we have had to cope with serious environmental challenges. In this context, an explanation of how smart urban ecosystems can emerge, gains a crucial importance. Capacity building and community involvement have always been key issues in achieving sustainable development and enhancing urban ecosystems  ...

2. THE ROLE OF URBAN PARKS AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: CASE STUDY OF KISUMU KENYA

Rose Susan RABARE

Maseno University

Kenya

Roselyne OKECH

Memorial University Of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Canada

George Mark ONYANGO

Maseno University

Kenya

Urban parks are now viewed as an important part of the broader structure of urban and neighborhood development rather than just recreation and leisure facilities. While most of the world has recognized the multifunctional use of urban parks for development; the parks in Kenya and Kisumu Township in particular are suffering from lack of attention, poor maintenance, lack of development and underutilization ...

3. REVERSE LOGISTICS AND SPACE ALLOCATION FOR RECOVERY MANAGEMENT IN NEW URBAN SETTLEMENTS

Şerban RAICU

Mihaela POPA

Eugen ROŞCA

Vasile DRAGU

Politehnica University of Bucharest

Romania

This paper presents the authors’ vision about the planning foundation for the new residential areas from the large cities outskirts, in a sustainable development framework. One considers the great generation potential of the high and very high income population in case of the used products with remained reuse value, or new and undesired products, available in the residential places. We propose a space allocation model with a hexagonal hierarchical structure for the centralized return centers in a reverse logistics....

4. E-PARTICIPATION AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE: A CASE STUDY

Ángel Iglesias ALONSO

University Rey Juan Carlos

Spain

Together with an extensive review of recent literature in the area of civic participation and drawing upon a series of interviews with citizens of a neighbourhood in a large city that experimented with the use of NICT and Internet in order to reinforce citizen’s participation and voice, this article offers an appraisal of the impact of such an experience  ...

5. NEW ERA, NEW CRITERIA FOR CITY IMAGING

Kaveh FATTAHI

Hidetsugu KOBAYASHI

Hokkaido University

Japan

Despite many dramatic changes in last fifty years, urban designers still try to measure "city imaging" with same criteria as was described by Kevin Lynch in his landmark volumes. However, city imaging increasingly is supplemented by exposure to recent progresses in communication infrastructures. It seems that once again we need to re-ontologize concepts of city imaging for twenty-first century as his ideas were theoretically created when digital evolution was not such widely affected our world ... 

6. URBAN AESTHETICS: EMERGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT

Liviu Bogdan VLAD

Academy of Economic Studies

 Romania

At the beginning of the 3rd millennium, when urban settlements become more and more crowded due to the work and life conditions they offer, urban aesthetics is becoming increasingly imperative. This is all the more important as population growth, in some cities has influenced directly the city’s architecture, determining a growth of residential constructions, which, seldom, did not appeal to the “laws of beauty” ...

7. POLITICAL TRANSITIONS AND VULNERABILITY OF STREET VENDING IN MALAWI

Happy M. KAYUNI

Richard I.C.TAMBULASI

University of Malawi

Malawi

According to the World Bank and United Nations indicators, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. During the one party autocratic rule of Dr Banda from 1964 to 1993, the government encouraged people to work on their farms; hence the informal sector was largely suppressed ...

8. HOUSING SUPPLY IN ALGERIA: AFFORDABILITY MATTERS RATHER THAN AVAILABILITY

Tahar BELLAL

University of Setif

Algeria

This paper analyses the performance of the housing supply sector in Algeria. The country is witnessing a high rate of urbanization, and a fast growing labor force. The effects of housing policy on labor market, and ultimately economic growth are important. Similarly, policies that cause housing costs to rise significantly can have a much greater effect on the poor than does, for instance, a relatively small housing subsidy program ...

9. SERVICE QUALITY ATTRIBUTES AFFECTING THE SATISFACTION OF RAILWAY PASSENGERS OF SELECTIVE ROUTE IN SOUTHWESTERN PART OF BANGLADESH

Khan Rubayet RAHAMAN

Md. Arifur RAHAMAN

Khulna University

Bangladesh

With increased pace of urbanization and economic growth, attraction and dependency between different linking regions has also increased. Transportation have performed very crucial roles from very early accelerating the sharing of economic and development benefit of connecting spatial regions. Railway has been proved as a potential sector for drawing economic and development benefits for various countries  ...

10. A REVIEW ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN MALAYSIA

Azizan MARZUKI

University of Science Malaysia

Malaysia

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was introduced to measure the benefit or cost from physical development to the public and community. In Malaysia, EIA was initiated in 1988 as a mandatory legislative requirement to protect and enhance the quality of the environment through licensing, setting of standards, coordination of research and dissemination of information to the public ...

11. DEVELOPMENT DRIVERS OF WASTE RECYCLING IN NSUKKA URBAN AREA, SOUTHEASTERN NIGERIA

Thaddeus Chidi NZEADIBE

University of Nigeria

Nigeria

This article examines drivers of waste recovery and recycling in the informal waste sector in Nsukka urban area of Enugu State, southeastern Nigeria. Data on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of waste pickers and waste dealers in the area were obtained using questionnaire survey, ethnographic interviews and field observations. Analyses of the data indicate that waste pickers play a crucial role in the waste recovery and recycling process ...

12. PATTERNS AND DETERMINANTS OF RECREATIONAL BEHAVIOUR IN PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Victor  OBINNA

Opuene  OWEI

Aroyehun  AYODELE

Ikechi OKWAKPAM

Rivers State University of Science and Technology

Nigeria

By surveying a 5% probability sample of residential clusters, yielding 369 residents in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, this study has ascertained actual recreational behaviour of the residents; determinants of recreational behaviour; perceived adequacy/inadequacy of government provision of recreational facilities; and residents’ suggestions for improvement of recreational facilities ...

13. URBAN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE: EMPIRICAL OVERTONES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MEDDLING IN LOCAL URBAN COUNCILS AFFAIRS IN ZIMBABWE

Jonga WELLINGTON

Ethiopian Civil Service College

Ethiopia

Chirisa INNOCENT

University of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

This article explores the criticalness of decentralized governance as a solution towards service delivery challenges experienced by urban centres. But, in Zimbabwe centre-local relations are a phenomenological reflection of a tendency towards (re)centralization than decentralization ...

14. BOOK REVIEW: DOCUMENTS OF THE SEVERIN MUNICIPALITY 1916-1920
       AUTHORS: TUDOR RATOI and NICOLAE CHIPURICI

Paula SCALCĂU

Petre Sergescu School, Drobeta Turnu Severin
Romania

The “Alma” Publishing House has recently issued a new edition of documents: the fifth volume of records belonging to the municipality of Turnu Severin, put together by Nicolae Chipurici and Tudor Ratoi, who have been working on this bountiful compendium since 2005. ...

15. BOOK REVIEW: THE GREEK PRESENCE IN MEHEDINTI
       AUTHORS: PAULA SCALCĂU and TUDOR RĂŢOI

Sofia Elena COLESCA

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania

A new monograph regarding the role of the Greek element in the Romanian society has been recently published by the Greek Union of Romania. Its authors are two well-known historians from Turnu Severin: Paula Scalcau and Tudor Ratoi. ...