A GIS for Urban Sustainability Indicators in Spatial Planning

A GIS for Urban Sustainability Indicators in Spatial Planning

E. Stylianidis N. Karanikolas D. Kaimaris 

School of Urban-Regional Planning and Development Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

29 February 2012
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Urban development and alterations in local/urban/sub-urban expansion plans is usually based on the analysis of spatial indicators and how they induce the future development in a specific area. For this structural reason the alterations of urban plans mainly occur under a surface observation and analysis of the spatial characteristics. Examining the issue under a more comprehensive framework we also focus on other characteristics such as social and economic policies, health and education, transportation, commercial, etc. that dominate on the development. Thus, urban sustainability indicators from a broad spectrum of activities should be introduced during urban planning. This paper investigates and analyzes the use of such urban sustainability indicators in spatial planning through the use of geographical information systems (GIS) designed for this reason.


GIS, spatial knowledge, sustainability indicators, urban/spatial planning


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