Urban informal settlement and infrastructure for sustainable urban design: Investigating the correlates and mitigation strategy

Oluwole Soyinka, Ben Spencer, Kin Wai Michael Siu, Jeff Hou, Laure Heland

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Abstract

Adopting a case study methodology with mixed methods data collection and analysis, this study investigates causes and mitigation strategies related to urban informal settlement and infrastructure (UISI) in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Seattle, Washington, United States and Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. The study indicates that informal urban settlement is associated with factors including socio-economics, environmental conditions, and governance. In Lagos metropolis, UISI stems from inadequate infrastructural development, economic challenges, governance and other factors. In Seattle and Hong Kong, the escalating cost of living (housing) and a widening gap between the rich and the poor create homelessness and street sleepers which contributes to UISI. In Seattle, significant efforts and resources are directed towards this urban threat. However, administrative bureaucracy, inadequate coordination of organizations and issues of equality, equity, and race hinder significant advancements. The study recommends policy reforms, community-based participatory design, and inclusive socio-economic and environmental planning design as vehicles for sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018
EditorsChristianne Falcao, Jerzy Charytonowicz
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages289-302
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319941981
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume788
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period21/07/1825/07/18

Keywords

  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Homelessness
  • Inclusive design
  • Participatory design
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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