Factors affecting environmental sustainability of urban renewal projects

Yildiz S., KIVRAK S., Arslan G.

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, vol.34, no.3-4, pp.264-277, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3-4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10286608.2018.1447567
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.264-277
  • Keywords: Urban renewal, sustainable design, environmental sustainability, factor analysis, AHP analysis, CONSTRUCTION, DISTRICT, IMPACTS, GROWTH, WASTE, CITY
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Urban renewal programmes offer an opportunity to improve the environmental sustainability of urban areas by creating well-designed and well-constructed built environments. In this study, the contributions of built environment design elements to environmental sustainability were evaluated through a questionnaire survey with the participation of 323 people who previously worked in urban renewal projects. Implementing factor analysis, interrelated elements have been gathered under five factors: transportation and accessibility', conservation of natural resources', built environment quality', supporting social life' and high-density usage'. To identify the importance weights of these factors, analytic hierarchy process (AHP) analysis was carried out with 40 academics and practitioners. Based on the results, conservation of natural resources' was found as the most important factor affecting the environmental sustainability of urban renewal projects. It is expected that the results of this study shall guide a wide range of urban renewal stakeholders, extending from designers to citizens, along the path of creating environmentally sustainable cities.