Social sustainability in urban renewal: An assessment of community aspirations

Daniel Chi Wing HO*, Yung YAU, Chi Kwong LAW, Sun Wah POON, Hak Kwong YIP, Ervi LIUSMAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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The lack of a proper building care culture has led to serious problems of urban decay in most developed cities, threatening community health and safety. To arrest urban decay, redevelopment is a commonly adopted approach for regenerating rundown areas. Redevelopment often results in negative outcomes such as disturbances to existing social networks and burgeoning construction and demolition waste. On the other hand, building rehabilitation is a more socially and environmentally friendly alternative to redevelopment, but its success depends much on residents' active participation. With a view towards a sustainable strategy for urban renewal, it is necessary to balance the interests of different stakeholders regarding the choice between these two mainstream approaches to renewal. Although economic and physical issues are important decision-making considerations, this study explores the aspirations and preferences of local residents in relation to the two options through a structured survey. The findings are conducive to the development of a balanced and socially sustainable strategy of urban renewal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalUrbani Izziv
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Project No. 7009-PPR-4), which made this study possible.


  • Building rehabilitation
  • Community aspirations
  • Redevelopment
  • Social sustainability
  • Urban renewal


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