Urban and Built Environments: Sustainable Development, Health Implications and Challenges


Alexis Cohen (Editor)

Series: Urban Development and Infrastructure
BISAC: TEC010000

The relationship between human beings and the urban environment is a topic increasing in relevance. Most of the people in the world live in an urban context and, as many scholars assert, the more urbanism is developing, the more specific problems arise, such as insecurity, loneliness and weak social ties. This book explores urban and built environments, focusing on chapters that examine the predictors of life satisfaction from living in an urban environment; contradictions between environmental indicators for a walkable neighbourhood and human behavior; reckless urbanization and pathways of therapeutic planning in an Italian urban sprawl; an evaluation of changes in urban environments using orthophoto maps (i.e., aerial images).

This kind of research is very important for sustainable development of urban environments to gain control of the development of construction sites to monitor the keeping of building regulations and the use of building materials. Other chapters explore volatile organic compounds (VOC) based on their detrimental effects on human health and the environment; key factors for the sustainability of built environments; and efficiency of planning and design tools towards eco-friendly, high-density communities.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Living in the Urban Environment: A Study on Predictors of Life Satisfaction
(Stefano Tartaglia, Norma De Piccoli, Chiara Rollero, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy)

Chapter 2
Walking for Health: Contradictions between Environmental Indicators for a Walkable Neighbourhood and Human Behaviour
(Stefan E. Fina, Institute of Regional Development Planning, Universität Stuttgart, Germany)

Chapter 3
Evaluation of Changes in Urban Environments using Orthophoto Maps
(Marica Starešinič, Jure Ahtik, Andrej Učakar and Dejana Javoršek, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Science and Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 4
Comprehensive Analysis of VOC Emission Sources in Belgrade Urban Area
(A. Stojić, S. Stanišić Stojić, Z. Mijić, L. Ilić, M. Tomašević, M. Todorović and M. Perišić, Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 5
Location and Accessibility of Neighborhoods: Two Key Factors for the Sustainability of Built Environments
(Anne-Françoise Marique, Research engineer in architecture and urban planning, University of Liege, Local Environment: Management and Analysis (LEMA), Chemin des Chevreuils, Liège, Belgium)

Chapter 6
Efficiency of Planning and Design Tools towards Eco-friendly High-Density Community
(Yu-Hsin Tsai, Meng Ting Wu, Yuwen Huang, Department of Land Economics
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and others)



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