Urban Nexus: An Approach for Regenerative Urban Environments (Public Spaces Located in the Urban Fringe)

Naguib, Nouran and Abdel-Salam, Hassan and Saadallah, Dina and Abdo, Mai (2023) Urban Nexus: An Approach for Regenerative Urban Environments (Public Spaces Located in the Urban Fringe). LET IT GROW, LET US PLAN, LET IT GROW. Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Resilient Smart Green and Blue Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2023, 28th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 919-930. ISSN 2521-3938

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The built environment is the main habitat for human beings, this makes it act as a driver for climate and biodiversity changes, with multiple potential opportunities for alteration and transition. Therefore, it may be essential for the built environment to go beyond ordinary actions not only to limit the negative impacts, but instead aim for benificial outcomes. Analysing and desigining the urban built environment from the perspective of ecosystems functions and services could help in creating cities where positive restoration of and integration with local ecosystems could be recognised. Urban regeneration could be useful in this regard as it is defined as a comprehensive integration of vision and action aimed at resolving the multi-faceted problems of urban areas in order to improve their quality of life. However, the rapid urbanisation - especially with the exploding urbanism of some cities - controlled sustainable development and carefully considered urban regeneration have not always been achieved. It is also argued that one of the strategies for successful urban regeneration is “High-Quality Architectural Design and Public Space as a Catalyst for a Better City”. At a more local perspective, new urban expansions in Egypt lack one of the relavant quality-of-life pillars. Public spaces are currently losing their role in the new communities located in the urban fringe of Cairo. In such context, new urban nucleii are expanding disregarding the necessity of collective public spaces (a continuum of public realm) due to the privatization, disconnection, and introversion. Thus, the aim of this research is to introduce the Urban Nexus, a new approach merging the contemporary trends and emerging theories to design sustainable urban development solutions. The nexus approach seeks to understand risks, engage decision-makers, and enable action with the aim of attaining knowledge integration, efficiency, synergy and ‘win-win’ solutions. This could be achieved through bridging/ integratng Ecosystem services preserved through Nature Based Solutions (NBS), Human Centred Design (HCD) and the Star Approach, in order to reform public spaces acting as a catalyst for the urban regeneration. Ultimately the study would contribute in improving the built environment and in providing a better quality of life in new urban expansions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Centered Design, Nature Based Solutions, Ecosystem Services, Urban Nexus, Quality of life
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2023 14:29
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 17:35
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/1030

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