THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Volume 6, Issue 2, May 2011 

 

1. THE GROWTH POLES STRATEGY IN REGIONAL PLANNING: THE RECENT EXPERIENCE OF GREECE

Manolis CHRISTOFAKIS

Athanasios PAPADASKALOPOULOS
Panteion University, Athens
Greece

In recent years, there has been an attempt to stimulate the developmental role of urban centres in Greece in the context of regional and spatial planning. In essence, through the recent basic programming texts for the periods 2000-2006 and 2007-2013, the growth poles strategy has once again been exploited in the development programming. This paper attempts initially to describe the new growth poles strategy through the aforementioned programming texts, and then to present the ensuing problems, as well as to outline the emerging capabilities of planning regarding growth poles in Greece. ...

2. SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF DOMESTIC WATER RESIDUES AND DIMINUTION OF DISCHARGES INTO MUNICIPAL COLLECTORS IN MEXICO

Silverio HERNÁNDEZ

Martha CRÚZ-MEDINA

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

Mexico

This work is a study on the sustainable management of water according to the regulation and recommendations of sustainable architectural design of the environmental model by LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), particularly in respect to the adequate management of household residual water discharge into the municipal collectors. The study lays the bases to decrease the volume of residual water discharge into municipal collectors, which brings along many benefits of the environmental, social and economic kinds in the place where it is applied. ...

3. CALIBRATING THE INTERCITY HIGH-SPEED RAIL (HSR) CHOICE MODEL FOR THE RICHMOND-WASHINGTON, D.C. CORRIDOR

Xueming CHEN

Virginia Commonwealth University

United States of America

This study aims to quantitatively investigate how the introduction of high-speed rail (HSR) influences traveler’s choice behavior. The study focuses on recalibrating the Florida-based HSR choice model to fit the intercity travel northward from Richmond, Virginia to Washington, D.C. The model takes a nested logit formulation and includes a binary marginal choice submodel to project travel behavior between aggregate ground and individual air transportation modes, and a trinomial conditional mode choice model to examine the travel behavior patterns within three ground transportation submodes: auto, bus, and rail. ...

4. MOBILITY MANAGEMENT IN EUROPEAN PROJECTS. LESSONS LEARNED FOR ROMANIA

Oana LUCA

Mihai SERCÃIANU

Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest

Romania

The purpose of this research is to study three initiatives of promoting mobility management (DELTA, EPOMM, SEE-MMS), in the context of European Union policies, and to present solutions that could be used in the practice of urban mobility management in Romania.   ...

5. SYSTEMATIC SPATIAL PLANNING

Iuliana NICHERSU
Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development

Cristina IACOBOAEA

Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest

Romania

Spatial planning is defined as the change of the distribution of activities in space and the change of the links between them by converting forms of land use and property. Systematic spatial planning is the most advanced level in a hierarchy from data and going to information and knowledge, collected on each level of territorial holarchy. Systematization is achieved by data converting into higher forms through statistics, analysis, modeling, simulation, systems analysis and decision support systems. Application of Spatial optimization through systematic planning, focuses on the selection of reserves for optimal space planning.  ... 

6. ASSESSMENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT LEVEL THROUGH THE USE OF INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABILITY

Cristina ALPOPI
Cristina MANOLE

Sofia Elena COLESCA

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania

Sustainable development is a new humanity development path oriented to support the human progress for the entire planet and for its future. The necessity of the humanity sustainable development was highlighted at the World Summit of Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 1992, and it was resumed in 2002, at the World Summit in Johannesburg. Sustainable development indicators are a solid base for the regular and long term monitoring of the progress registered in the achievement of strategic objectives of sustainable development and the evaluation of various aspects of sustainability. They are an indispensable tool for establishing the strategy and policy development, while allowing the public information regarding the sustainable development process. These indicators must give a representative image of the three dimensions of sustainable development: society, economy and environment. ...

7. MODELLING THE URBAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BY USING FUZZY SETS

Daniela Hincu

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania

The sustainable urban development is a subject of interest for regional policy makers and it needs appropriate assessment based on futile instruments for research, and for practical reasons as well for planning and decision making. Even if the sustainability’s attainment is a research topic field for academia and urban planners and managers and, as well, an ambitious goal for any resource administrator, yet there is no precise way of defining and measuring it. The sustainability of the urban development policy implies various aspects from rational exploitation of the local resources and workforce to environmental issues, as well as endowment of modern facilities and infrastructure elements. ...