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Sustainable Spatial Development

Sustainable spatial urban development in Kwangju in South Korea (1995- 1998)

The objective of this research is to investigate spatial problems of cities in South Korea, in particular environmental problems, and to make proposals for sustainable spatial urban development in Kwangju. In the study three methods are applied: a traffic simulation model, an environmental assessment model and the scenario technique. The traffic simulation model predicts future traffic flows under different assumptions about the development of the spatial urban structure. The environmental assessment model calculates seven indicators for the evaluation of the sustainability of spatial urban development: land

consumption, land coverage, biotope, microclimate, traffic noise, air pollution and energy use. The traffic model and the environmental model are linked by a geographic information system. With the combined model the most likely future spatial development of Kwangju (the status-quo forecast) will be compared with a 'compact-city' and a 'decentralised-concentration' scenario. The research is supported by the doctoral dissertation scholarship programme in transport research of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung.

A summary of the Sustainable spatial development in Kwangju can be found here.

Contact: Seungil Lee

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