Neighborhood sustainability assessment: Evaluating residential development sustainability in a developing country context

Tan Yigitcanlar, Md Kamruzzaman, Suharto Teriman

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Rapid urbanization, improved quality of life, and diversified lifestyle options have collectively led to an escalation in housing demand in our cities, where residential areas, as the largest portion of urban land use type, play a critical role in the formation of sustainable cities. To date there has been limited research to ascertain residential development layouts that provide a more sustainable urban outcome. This paper aims to evaluate and compare sustainability levels of residential types by focusing on their layouts. The paper scrutinizes three different development types in a developing country context-i.e., subdivision, piecemeal, and master-planned developments. This study develops a "Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment" tool and applies it to compare their sustainability levels in Ipoh, Malaysia. The analysis finds that the master-planned development, amongst the investigated case studies, possesses the potential to produce higher levels of sustainability outcomes. The results reveal insights and evidence for policymakers, planners, development agencies and researchers; advocate further studies on neighborhood-level sustainability analysis, and; emphasize the need for collective efforts and an effective process in achieving neighborhood sustainability and sustainable city formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2570-2602
Number of pages33
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Ipoh
  • Malaysia
  • Neighborhood sustainability
  • Neighborhood sustainability assessment index
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable city
  • Sustainable urban development

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