Analyzing accessibility dimension of urban quality of life

Where urban designers face duality between subjective and objective reading of place

Sedigheh Lotfi, MohammadJavad Koohsari

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Abstract

The subject of urban quality of life and the promotion of its concept in particular, has always been the central focus of urban designers. This term is a multi-conceptual and dimensions. However most of the scholars have agreed that the concept consisted from two main dimensions; objective and subjective which these two approaches are used for its measuring. One of the important goals of urban designers is to create urban environment that all citizens have easy access to urban services, as accessibility reflects the quality of an urban environment. The present research intends to measure the public space accessibility by using objective approach in first and then by using the subjective approach for measuring in the study area to compare the results. The results revealed that there are considerable differences between objective and subjective measuring of urban quality of life in a urban space, therefore urban designers can not rely only on the results of objective measuring to understand such spaces for planning, if so, their attitudes towards urban spaces could not be an appropriate guide for explaining the quality of life for urban residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-435
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Objective
  • Public place
  • Quality of life
  • Subjective
  • Urban
  • Urban designers

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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