THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Volume 8, Issue 2, May 2013

 

1. 22@BARCELONA: CREATIVE ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE – A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

Fábio DUARTE

Universidade Católica do Paraná

Brazil

Joaquín SABATÉ

Polytechnic University of Cataluña

Spain

In 2000 the municipality of Barcelona launched an ambitious project called 22@bcn. This had two main goals: to make the city a leading center of scientific and technological production in the knowledge economy and to promote the integration and functional reconversion of a traditional industrial neighborhood located near the downtown area. This urban strategy is known as knowledge-based urban development (KBUD).  ...

2. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY PROJECTS SUCCESS IMPROVEMENT

Markéta LAJCZYKOVÁ
VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava,
Czech Republic
Kristína ZGODAVOVÁ
Technical Univeristy of Košice,
Slovak Republic
 

The purpose of the paper is to present the possibility of improving the processes and work results of project organisations providing services in the field of environmental geology using the original model EGEOS-PSI, which uses indicators of quality and economic efficiency for situation awareness before planning, during, and after the implementation of projects. The starting point of the research are real findings in "case" organisation. Research methodology is based on an analysis of existing projects in the organisation that provides services in the field of environmental geology with the aid of case studies.    ...

3. PASSENGER’S SATISFACTION WITH PUBLIC BUS TRANSPORT SERVICES IN GHANA: A CASE STUDY OF KUMASI–ACCRA ROUTE

Eric N. AIDOO

William AGYEMANG

Jane E. MONKAH

Francis K. AFUKAAR

CSIR-Building and Road Research Institute,

Ghana

Road transport forms part of the daily activities of individuals and it is the principal mode of transport in Ghana. In many parts of the world, individuals tend to use their private vehicles due to lack of satisfaction they derive from the services of public transport. In this paper, passengers satisfaction with public transport services in Ghana has been investigated using binary logistic regression model. ...

4. THE PROBLEM OF ANNUAL OCCURRENCES OF FLOODS IN ACCRA: AN INTEGRATION OF HYDROLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES

Charles Y. OKYERE

Yira YACOUBA

Dominik GILGENBACH

University of Bonn

Germany

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, like many cities in Africa (especially Sub-Saharan Africa) is vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters. The cause of natural disasters and hazards in Ghana has been mainly from water through flooding or stormy rain or drought, and bush fires. The occurrences of floods in Accra have become an annual event with severe consequences mostly felt by the urban poor. We present a brief discussion on the annual occurrences of floods in Accra, Ghana by adopting an integrated approach including hydrological, economic and political perspectives. ... 

5. WHITHER THE PLANNING THEORY–PRACTICE GAP? A CASE STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN URBAN INDICATORS AND PLANNING THEORIES

Ioannis A. PISSOURIOS

Cyprus University of Technology

Cyprus

This article comments on the urban planning theory-practice gap, focusing on the relationship between the planning theory and the use of urban indicators. The reason for the selection of this case study is twofold. On the one hand it allows us to ascertain whether the gap exists, or is an illusion, while on the other hand it permits a diachronic perspective in the planning theory–practice gap, from which it can be deduced whether the gap, if it exists, has shrunk or expanded during the last fifty years.  ...