The livability of spaces: Performance and/or resilience? Reflections on the effects of spatial heterogeneity in transport and energy systems and the implications on urban environmental quality
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Cities can be seen as systems of organized complexity formed by interrelated and highly dynamic sub-systems. This paper reflects on the interactions and tensions between socio-ecological and/or socio-technical sub-systems in cities and their capacity to either improve or block urban processes. In this context, spatial heterogeneity could enhance or hinder the performance and resilience of critical urban sub-systems such as transport and energy. The consequence of this interaction might be detrimental to environmental quality (air and acoustic) and the livability of urban areas. This rationale may improve political and expert decision-making processes toward sustainable, resilient and livable cities.

Environmental quality

Spatial heterogeneity

Urban systems performance

Urban resilience


Laura Estévez Mauriz

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik

Jimeno A. Fonseca

Singapore-ETH Centre

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

Claudiu Forgaci

TU Delft

Nils Björling

Chalmers, Arkitektur, Stadsbyggnad

International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment

2212-6090 (ISSN) 2212-6104 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 1 1-8


Hållbar utveckling


Building Futures (2010-2018)



Annan naturresursteknik

Strömningsmekanik och akustik



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