Evaluation of sustainable infrastructure: Development context matters

M. B. Reiner, S. Fisher, J. Sperling

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Abstract

If infrastructure is considered the basic physical and organizational structure needed for the operation of a society, how will the rapidly urbanizing centers in the developing world, many of which have large informal communities (i.e., slums), provide it? Various tools exist that assist engineers in the design and evaluation of sustainable project features, but innovation and long-term acceptance of the systems are lost if the unique cultural characteristics and resource constraints are not used as a refractive lens prior to project considerations. In this paper, a framework is presented within the context of cultural and resource constraints to assist the successful adaptation and application of existing sustainable infrastructure evaluation tools. The framework recognizes that an individual project shares space in a hierarchical spectrum of development unique to each city, characterized by multiple influences and motivations at different scales within social, natural, and built systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure
EditorsChris Hendrickson, John Crittenden, Bill Wallace
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages420-433
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780784478745
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2014Nov 8 2014

Publication series

NameICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period11/6/1411/8/14

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