A methodology for urban sustainability indicator design

Alvira Baeza, Ricardo (2018) A methodology for urban sustainability indicator design. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 11 (3). pp. 285-303. ISSN 1970-9870

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In recent times we have witnessed proliferation of indicators and models for measuring sustainability. This reveals both the importance of the issue and the lack of common and shared scientific paradigm/ framework. With the aim of advancing towards such common framework which enables quantitatively assessing the sustainability of our cities and societies, in this article it is explained a formal methodology for designing urban sustainability indicators based on Fuzzy Sets Theory. The interest of this methodology is threefold: - Firstly, formal procedures enable testing, a most fundamental issue forgotten in many current proposals of sustainability indicators. - Secondly, a formal procedure can become a common language allowing shared use of the indicators and facilitating their continuous improvement. - And thirdly, fuzzy logic is widely used in computing and artificial intelligence, thus facilitating progressive automation of our sustainability monitoring models. To help understand the procedure, the design of two indicators is reviewed, showing the applicability and easiness of the methodology. Therefore, herein proposed methodology stands as an easy procedure, which generalization could allow us to increase the accuracy [testability] and shared used [efficiency] of our scientific research in sustainability as well as integrating it into artificial intelligence systems, increasing our capacity of successfully confronting current extremely high unsustainability of our society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability Measurement; Urban Sustainability; Indicator Design; Climate Change
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12) > 711.2 Pianificazione a livello internazionale e nazionale
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 15:59
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 15:59
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/18709

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