Critical factors for improving social sustainability of urban renewal projects

Hon Wan Edwin Chan, Grace K.L. Lee

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This study reviews the sustainable urban design concept and identifies critical factors for enhancing social sustainability of urban renewal projects. Through a questionnaire survey carried out in Hong Kong, the opinions of architects, planners, property development managers, and local citizens were sought and evaluated. The results derived from factor analysis indicated that certain design features should be incorporated for achieving social sustainability. "Satisfaction of Welfare Requirements", "Conservation of Resources & the Surroundings", "Creation of Harmonious Living Environment", "Provisions Facilitating Daily Life Operations", "Form of Development" and "Availability of Open Spaces" were believed to be the significant underlying factors for enhancing social sustainability of local urban renewal projects. 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-256
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Factor analysis
  • Hong Kong
  • Social sustainability
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Urban renewal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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