ASSESSMENT AND ATTAINMENT STRATEGY OF SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY IN EXISTING URBAN SPRAWLING EMIRATI NEIGHBOURHOODS

Baraah Hamdoon, Khaled Galal Ahmed, Masa Noguchi

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Abstract

Social sustainability is a fundamental pillar of the sustainable urban form of neighbourhoods. Most of the existing Emirati neighbourhoods were planned with sprawling urban form that have adversely affect the attainment of the principles of sustainable urbanism including social sustainability. This research aims to propose a strategy for social sustainability redevelopment of sprawling urban forms of existing Emirati neighbourhoods. The research starts with assessing the degree of the consideration of the essential principles of social sustainability and indicators in the design of a model sprawling urban form that was repeatedly developed for Emirati citizens in different cities in the United Arab Emirates. The investigated main social sustainability principles are Density, Mobility, Accessibility, and Spatial Connectivity and Integration. Al Dhaher local community located in the city of Al Ain was selected as a case study. The research adopted both qualitative and quantitative investigation tools including field observation, map analysis, and Space Syntax analysis through DepthmapX simulation software. The research investigations have revealed that only one out of the four defined main principles of social sustainability in Al Dhaher neighbourhood is partially achieved, while the remaining principles are poorly achieved. Based on its results, the study presents a six-point strategy to improve the attainment of social sustainability in the redevelopment of not only the investigated case study but rather in local urban communities in the UAE in general which share more or less the same sprawling urban form.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022 - Proceedings
EditorsShaila Bantanur
PublisherZEMCH Network
Pages88-97
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9788196074623
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Nov 3 2022Nov 5 2022

Publication series

NameZEMCH International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2652-2926

Conference

Conference9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityBangalore
Period11/3/2211/5/22

Keywords

  • Neighbourhood
  • Social Sustainability
  • UAE
  • Urban Redevelopment
  • Walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Science Applications

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