Planning for sustainable and resilient cities: Improving decision-making through accessibility instruments

Research seminar, presented by Dr Benjamin Buttner, Technical University of Munich, Germany

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Accessibility is an important concept in regards to the integration of land-use and transport planning. Planning for sustainable and resilient cities requires the consideration and implementation of accessibility principles. When planning for accessibility, it is important to take into account the necessities of multiple scales of the urban environment as well as the citizens’ needs. This makes it possible to create urban spaces that are livable for everyone. 

The decision-making process needs to be based on sound, scientific evaluation of measures and strategies. Politicians and citizens alike need appropriate tools in order to make informed decisions. Decision-making tools should help stakeholders understand the effects and magnitude of planned land-use and transportation measures. The potential effects of such measures, such as gentrification, can significantly impact the lives and wellbeing of citizens and it is essential that the decision-making process takes this into account. How can accessibility instruments foster a sound decision-making process with multiple and diverse stakeholder groups?
Benjamin Büttner has worked at the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning since July 2010. He is a graduated PhD in engineering after having a German Diploma in geography and works currently at the Chair in the fields of accessibility planning, Governance, Urban Structure and Neighborhood Mobility. The focus of his professional skills are urban and transport planning, geo-information systems, empirical research and survey methods.

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