Sustainable Cities and Communities

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Urban Planning, Urban Design, and the Creation of Public Goods

  • Jairo Agustín Reyes PlataEmail author
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The United Nations-Habitat Program defines urban planning and design as the strategic areas for supporting urban growth and improving sustainability, efficiency, and equity in urban development at all levels and scales (UN-Habitat 2018). According to this definition, policies for urban planning and design should provide a set of prospective approaches, methodologies, and tools for the decision-making process within local and national governments. The objective of these policies is to establish a comprehensive model of a long-term urban development in order to contribute to social inclusion, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and to gender equity.

The creation of public goods, defined as non-excludable and non-rival goods, derives from a participatory urban planning and design model. Such approach refers to a systematic and participative process for the development, organization, and regulation of land uses and urban changes in the urban settlements. For...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores, Unidad LeónUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoLeónMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Astrid Skjerven
    • 1
  1. 1.OsloMet -Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway