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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 54)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dorsal Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 38)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access  
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access  
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access  
La Revue pour l’histoire du CNRS     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access  
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Medical Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Médiévales     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Memory Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Mens : revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle     Full-text available via subscription  
Messages, Sages and Ages     Open Access  
Mind and Matter     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Mneme - Revista de Humanidades     Open Access  
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Nationalities Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Natures Sciences Sociétés     Full-text available via subscription  
Neophilologus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
New German Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)

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Journal Cover Habitat International
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  • City gate as key towards sustainable urban redevelopment: A case study of
           ancient Gungnae City within the modern city of Ji'an
    • Authors: Yi-Chang Chiang; Yang Deng
      Pages: 1 - 12
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Yi-Chang Chiang, Yang Deng
      Culture is a key tool for promoting sustainable urban redevelopment, by preserving the urban identity, attracting activities and visitors, and fostering the quality of life. While cultural heritage sites are characterized by a large concentration of visitors, causing increased traffic flows, it is necessary to provide optimal access to cultural monuments in terms of sustainable mobility. This study focused on the city gates that have access to the cultural World Heritage Site of Gungnae City within the city of Ji'an. Space syntax approach was used in the study to explore spatial accessibility by remodeling of city gate. It is of concern that the identity characteristics of a sustainable urban form and cultural feature of the city can be recognized through the spatial configurations of urban spaces. Spatial accessibility is regarded as an integral part of the sustainable use and contemporary expression of the cultural heritage. It is noted that accessible cultural monuments can perform their function for sustainable urban redevelopment. We argued that the city gates play a crucial role in the mutual interactions among urban spaces, street networks, and human traffic, and provide people with places on gate to stay. It is of concern that the city gate remodeling in the study enables overlapping use of ancient and modernized urban zones and offers an example of multi-layered street networks and mixed-use urban ensembles in terms of urban sustainability. We concluded that urban cultural heritage should be integrated into sustainable urban redevelopment strategies to enhance the liveability of historic cities while respecting their identities.

      PubDate: 2017-07-02T21:21:56Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.007
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Understanding rural housing abandonment in China's rapid urbanization
    • Authors: Xuesong Gao; Anqi Xu; Lun Liu; Ouping Deng; Min Zeng; Jing Ling; Yali Wei
      Pages: 13 - 21
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Xuesong Gao, Anqi Xu, Lun Liu, Ouping Deng, Min Zeng, Jing Ling, Yali Wei
      Rural housing abandonment (RHA) is happening on a large scale in China and accumulatively leads to the phenomenon of village hollowing. This paper conducts a microscopic analysis on the influencing factors of individual decision making in the process of RHA through an empirical study on Pi County in southwest China. Our multi-level logistic regression shows that RHA is mainly influenced by the pulling forces of urban economy and the deteriorated physical condition of rural houses. We discuss that how these factors exert their influence is further linked with the institutional barriers in China that impede the free movement of residents and properties between urban and rural systems, which distorts individual choices towards RHA. Therefore, we suggest policies that promote the equalization of rural and urban residents and recognize the need for the free transfer of rural land and property, as well as the need to develop tools that effectively predict the emergence of RHA.

      PubDate: 2017-07-02T21:21:56Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.009
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Remotely sensed urban environmental indices and their economic
    • Authors: Limin Jiao; Gang Xu; Jianfei Jin; Ting Dong; Jiafeng Liu; Yanxi Wu; Boen Zhang
      Pages: 22 - 32
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Limin Jiao, Gang Xu, Jianfei Jin, Ting Dong, Jiafeng Liu, Yanxi Wu, Boen Zhang
      Numerous studies reveal that urban favorable amenities potentially contribute to housing prices, but we still lack proper indices to quantify intangible urban disservices and lack the understanding of their economic effects. We attempt to develop remotely sensed indices to reflect these unfavorable and intangible urban disservices. Taking Wuhan in central China as an example, we propose the Thermal Environment Index (TEI) and the Vegetation Coverage Index (VCI) to characterize the urban environment based on Landsat images and examine their influences on housing prices using a hedonic price model. We build the hedonic price model using the spatial lag regression between housing prices and explanatory variables, including the proposed environmental indices, locational variables, and apartment structural variables. The spatial regression shows that the floor area ratio, floor height, proximity to business centers, and road accessibility exert significant and positive influences on housing prices whereas the TEI and the VCI have significant and negative influences on housing prices. A one-percent increase in the TEI will decrease housing prices by approximately 55 RMB/m2 in 2010. We further investigate the differences between housing prices inside heat islands of different levels or types and outside heat islands, confirming our findings with the results of hedonic modeling. This study shows the potential of developing a remote sensing index to measure intangible urban disservices and exploring their economic implications.

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.012
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Sustainability analysis of housing developments through the Brazilian
           environmental rating system Selo Casa Azul
    • Authors: Daniela Chiarello Fastofski; Marco Aurélio Stumpf González; Andrea Parisi Kern
      Pages: 44 - 53
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Daniela Chiarello Fastofski, Marco Aurélio Stumpf González, Andrea Parisi Kern
      The building sector has a significant environmental impact and environmental rating systems could to indicate some guidelines for achieving sustainable developments. There are several systems, but the certifications in general are adjusted to peculiar conditions of developer country. The Brazilian bank Caixa Econômica Federal created and is responsible to assign the Selo Casa Azul (“Blue House Seal”). This certification apparently is the most applicable to Brazilian conditions. However, there are few studies about the procedures for analysis of housing projects. The aim of this study is to analyse the adequacy of typical housing developments with respect to Selo Casa Azul criteria by verifying existing facilities and considering the limitations of real projects. This research analyses 13 developments certified by the bank and seven new projects in Caxias do Sul, a city in southern Brazil. As a result, we found that the Selo Casa Azul constitutes a viable tool, demonstrating the relative ease of application. We verify that some criteria were not present in any of these projects and that alignment with Selo's criteria depends on a company's strategy, no matter the economic standard of its buildings. Lastly, we observe that most actions needed to reach unsatisfied criteria may be solved in the design stage, and these modifications do not require large investments. This study aims to contribute to the discussion about sustainable construction in Brazil.

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.001
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Comparison of critical success paths for historic district renovation and
           redevelopment projects in China
    • Authors: Tao Zhou; Yulin Zhou; Guiwen Liu
      Pages: 54 - 68
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Tao Zhou, Yulin Zhou, Guiwen Liu
      Urban regeneration has emerged as a response to the process of decay in historic districts. Based on a detailed literature review and the distinctive features of this mode of project practice in China, the current paper examines critical success factors (CSFs) in historic district regeneration projects. These factors are grouped into six main dimensions, namely, external environment, project characteristics, participants, project implementation, organization governance and the conservation of historic and cultural values. The internal relations among the identified CSFs are developed with the Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) Method. This is followed by a case study showing the use of these results. Project K (a renovation project) and Project J (a redevelopment project) are selected to explore and compare their critical success paths (CSPs) with the optimized Critical Path Method (CPM), drawing on project management methods. The results show that Project K relies on the strength of the real estate market to achieve development of cultural industries with cultural characteristics, while Project J creates a strong cultural atmosphere to attract tourists and then increases cultural propaganda efforts, with an operating income used to achieve cultural continuity. Both cultural operation modes can achieve the cultural objectives of the project with a different CSP. The identification of CSFs, their internal relations, and the CSPs are explored in two cases, which provide useful guidance to project parties planning to participate in dynamic management of historic district regeneration.

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.008
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Spatial and hedonic analysis of housing prices in Shanghai
    • Authors: Zezhou Huang; Ruishan Chen; Di Xu; Wei Zhou
      Pages: 69 - 78
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Zezhou Huang, Ruishan Chen, Di Xu, Wei Zhou

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.002
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Spatiotemporal analysis of land development in transitional China
    • Authors: Han Li; Yehua Dennis Wei; Yao Zhou
      Pages: 79 - 95
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Han Li, Yehua Dennis Wei, Yao Zhou
      This study investigates three types of land development in China, land for cities and towns, stand-alone industrial sites, and space devoted to transportation. Relying on shift-share analysis, spatial filtering and geographically weighted regressions, we find that the spatial patterns and underlying determinants of China's construction boom vary across subcategories and periods. City and town land development follows the administrative hierarchy, as it is especially pronounced in provincial capitals and centrally administrated municipalities, and is largely dependent on urbanization, passenger transport, and fixed assets investment. The proliferation of stand-alone industrial areas is mainly driven by the expansion of foreign direct investment, industrial adjustment, and the capacity of freight transport. Transportation land development is determined by the development of railway and highway systems as well as local economic development. Temporally, our results suggest that land development and its agglomeration accelerated from 1998 to 2002 to 2003–2008. Also, globalization had more influence during 1998–2002, whereas the role of decentralization and marketization became more significant in the period of 2003–2008.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T10:30:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.003
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Measuring the degree of speculation in the residential housing market: A
           spatial econometric model and its application in China
    • Authors: Xiaodong Yang; Yongxiang Wu; Qiping Shen; Hang Dang
      Pages: 96 - 104
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Xiaodong Yang, Yongxiang Wu, Qiping Shen, Hang Dang
      Since the housing marketization reform, China's real estate industry has rapidly developed and commercial housing prices have risen sharply. The main reason for this is the speculative demand for housing, which breaks the equilibrium of supply and demand, leading to housing prices deviating from their basic value. The housing market in China is not isolated by province, since speculative behavior in one part of the country can affect other regions. This paper analyzes the spatial relevance in housing prices among different provinces in China by calculating Moran's I index and by measuring the speculation degree through spatial autoregressive model (SAR), a spatial economic model combined with a spatial weight matrix. For commercial housing speculation degree measurement and comparison, 31 provinces in China were chosen along with the following variables: housing prices, personal disposable income, one-year personal housing mortgage rates, housing prices growing rates, the rent, amount of residential investment, and the construction areas of houses. The results show that China's housing prices have a clear interaction among the selected cities, and that housing speculation behavior also influences each other in space. Although there are speculation activities in China, from a global perspective the degree of speculation, which varies from region to region, is still just within internationally acceptable limits. Although there are some regions with high degrees of housing speculation, the speculation is not yet China-wide.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T10:30:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.005
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • The regional house prices in China: Ripple effect or differentiation
    • Authors: Ling Zhang; Eddie C. Hui; Haizhen Wen
      Pages: 118 - 128
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Ling Zhang, Eddie C. Hui, Haizhen Wen
      The paper aims to investigate the ripple effect of house prices between 35 metropolitans in China, using a coefficient heterogeneity model with Panel Data and VAR model. The metropolitans are divided into panels by spatial location and regional economic level. The empirical results show that prices in most regions are generally consistent with the national average, but they have different responses to changes in national fundamentals. Particularly, there is a clear differentiation in North China and East China from other regions, as well as the region of a higher level economic development. Furthermore, the findings from Granger test and impulse response function with VAR model indicate that those regions are the source where a ripple effect is from. And the diffusion path is very clear between economic regions. This study has provided a better understanding of the formation and transmission of the ripple effect of house prices across regions and also important implications for central and local governments over market changes.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:34:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.006
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Shaping peripheral growth' Strategic spatial planning in a South
           African city-region
    • Authors: Alison Todes
      Pages: 129 - 136
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Alison Todes

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:34:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.008
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Housing affordability of university graduates in Guangzhou
    • Authors: Ling Hin Li; Fan Wu; Mingjie Dai; Yiming Gao; Jiayun Pan
      Pages: 137 - 147
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Ling Hin Li, Fan Wu, Mingjie Dai, Yiming Gao, Jiayun Pan
      Housing affordability is an important policy and academic research agenda in almost all societies. This paper attempts to focus on a specific group of the population, namely recent university graduates, in order to understand how the macro economy, especially the labour market may impact housing affordability. By applying Residual Income Affordability model (RIA) supplemented by Housing Affordability Time (HAT) analysis, we find that housing affordability among young university graduates in Guangzhou is largely dependent on salary growth in the labour market. Labour market structure, especially income adjustment propensity, largely determines housing affordability in a market with constantly high housing demand such as Guangzhou. We find that housing affordability among young university graduates improves with work experience longevity and the corresponding salary increase. Hence, for the younger generation with a good educational background, initial government support in the housing market is more important than long term permanent housing subsidy. In addition, we also examine how graduates from different tiers of universities may differ in their housing affordability at various stages of their life trajectory, ceteris paribus. We find that graduates from higher-ranked universities tend to have higher housing affordability in the long run. This echoes our major conclusion that encouraging the labour market to reward employees with better educational background and more extensive professional experience will help alleviate housing affordability problems in the city. To this end, we provide a number of policy recommendations in both the housing market and other sectors, such as mortgage loans and the labour market to address housing affordability for the younger generation.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:34:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.007
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • A worst-case scenario based methodology to assess the environmental impact
           of land use planning
    • Authors: Longgao Chen; Long Li; Xiaoyan Yang; Jian Zheng; Longqian Chen; Zhengping Shen; Matthieu Kervyn
      Pages: 148 - 163
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Longgao Chen, Long Li, Xiaoyan Yang, Jian Zheng, Longqian Chen, Zhengping Shen, Matthieu Kervyn
      The implementation of inappropriate land use planning has negative impact on environmental quality, threatens food, health and residential security, and can even lead to regional environmental disaster. In this paper, a worst-case scenario based methodology using the land use environmental tolerance index (LETI) was proposed to assess the impact of land use planning on the environment. The land use planning environmental impact assessment (LUPEA) of Lianyungang City was performed as a case study to demonstrate the novel methodology. The inappropriate land use planning of the study area was spatially identified, and adjustments for the land use planning scheme to minimize the adverse impacts were accordingly recommended. Results show that the land use planning layout of the study area is fundamentally rational as most of the planned production and living land parcels are located outside the worst-case scenario areas, but the small fraction of the parcels in the worst-case scenario areas indicates a need for an improved land use planning scheme. This methodology provides a new perspective to evaluate the impact of land use planning on the environment, especially for densely populated countries which still suffer food, health and residential security issues and thus require much attention to environmental safety.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:34:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.07.005
      Issue No: Vol. 67 (2017)
  • Master plans and urban ecosystems: How the poor transform land-use from
           rigid into organic - A case from Colombia
    • Authors: Marcin Sliwa
      Pages: 1 - 12
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Marcin Sliwa
      In recent years, many Latin-American states have been increasingly involved in the provision of subsidized housing for the urban poor. These housing projects are usually implemented in forms of massive master planned estates located in urban peripheries. The focus on quantity of housing units built, as opposed to the good location, connectivity and functionality of the dwellings, impedes access of the residents to income-generating opportunities and reduces their socio-economic mobility. This paper analyzes how residents in one of such social housing complexes –Villas de San Pablo in Barranquilla, Colombia– adopt and respond to these challenges in their own, informal ways. Building on empirical data obtained from interviews, observation and an enumeration survey, the author explains how the lack of jobs and economic opportunities in the area motivated many of the dwellers to convert their houses to accommodate different income-generating activities. Thus, this paper documents how a master planned project and its land-use transform from a strictly controlled into a diverse and organic urban ecosystem. The author argues for an urgent revision of the planning practices, inflexible zoning bylaws and outdated design principles that shape these “modern” affordable housing projects.

      PubDate: 2017-05-28T03:27:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.003
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Relationships between indoor facilities management components and elderly
           people's quality of life: A study of private domestic buildings
    • Authors: Mei-yung Leung; Ibukun Famakin; Timothy Kwok
      Pages: 13 - 23
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Mei-yung Leung, Ibukun Famakin, Timothy Kwok
      The rate at which the population is ageing increases the magnitude of the challenge of providing private domestic buildings with facilities meeting those needs of the elderly occupants that arise from their changing health condition. This study aims to examine the relationships between indoor facilities management (FM) components and the quality of life (QoL) of elderly people residing in private domestic buildings. A questionnaire based on an extensive literature review was distributed among elderly respondents in order to assess their level of satisfaction with 13 indoor FM components and five QoL domains – namely overall QoL, physical health, psychological health, social relationships and their living environment. In all, 348 questionnaires were completed by elderly respondents drawn from the 18 political districts of Hong Kong; the data were analyzed using reliability tests, Pearson correlation and multiple regression analysis. The results reveal that (1) the respondents' overall QoL was significantly affected by ventilation and space; (2) their physical health was predicted by space, doors and windows, and temperature; (3) their psychological health was affected by furniture and fixtures, lighting, acoustics, and doors and windows; (4) their social relationships were influenced by furniture and fixtures and space; and (5) their level of satisfaction with the living environment was affected by space, lighting, furniture and fixtures and acoustics. It is recommended that architects, interior designers, building services engineers and facilities managers include adequate turning spaces in the design of flats for the elderly; and that they pay attention to the brightness and hue of lighting, consider the micro-climate in the orientation of new buildings, incorporate sound insulation materials in walls, install on doors and windows lever handles that require minimal force and increase the width of doors in flats for elderly residents.

      PubDate: 2017-05-28T03:27:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.002
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Population migration, urbanization and housing prices: Evidence from the
           cities in China
    • Authors: Xin-Rui Wang; Eddie Chi-Man Hui; Jiu-Xia Sun
      Pages: 49 - 56
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Xin-Rui Wang, Eddie Chi-Man Hui, Jiu-Xia Sun
      Changes in housing demand because of population migration may have a great influence on urban housing prices. The objective of this paper is to investigate how the two aspects of population migration, including inter-regional migration and rural-urban migration, affect housing prices at city level in China. By using the data of the population sampling survey in 2005 and the sixth population census in 2010, a series of empirical studies have been conducted. The results of pooled cross-section data show that an increase in inter-regional migrants by 1% will lead to a rise in housing prices by 0.701% when controlling the other relevant factors. Likewise, an increase in the level of urbanization by 1% will drive up housing prices by 0.343%. Furthermore, the study figures out that the better educated migrants are more likely to affect local housing prices, and the cities with more migrants with higher educational level are expected to experience higher housing prices, which sheds some light on the mechanism of the relationship between migration and housing price. The findings are helpful to China's government in population-related policy making and planning.

      PubDate: 2017-06-02T03:31:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.010
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • What factors drive public rental housing fraud? Evidence from
           Hangzhou, China
    • Authors: Hui Zeng; Xiaofen Yu; Haizhen Wen
      Pages: 57 - 64
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Hui Zeng, Xiaofen Yu, Haizhen Wen
      In China, considerable importance has been attached to public rental housing fraud since the central government decided on the large-scale construction of affordable housing in 2010. In recent years, this problem has also become a concern in countries such as Britain and the United States. In this paper, a multinomial logistic regression (MLR) model comprising 10 independent variables is developed to examine the driving factors of public rental housing fraud. The parameters of the model are estimated via maximum likelihood estimation based on the Hangzhou public housing household survey. Results from this study suggest that seven factors, namely, family size, education, PCDI, CSC, ADC, PMC and Occupation = 1(servants), are statistically significant under the 5% level. The coefficients of these five factors are −0.847, −0.601, −0.732, −1.475, 0.987,-1.106 and 1.669, respectively. The positive (negative) coefficients mean that the variables will increase (decrease) the probability of fraud. At the end of this paper, policy recommendations are proposed for relevant government departments based on the results of the regression analysis.

      PubDate: 2017-06-02T03:31:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.007
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Economic impacts of accessibility gains: Case study of the Yangtze River
    • Authors: Jinbao Zhao; Yinghai Yu; Xiaoyuan Wang; Xintong Kan
      Pages: 65 - 75
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Jinbao Zhao, Yinghai Yu, Xiaoyuan Wang, Xintong Kan
      Transport infrastructure development is generally perceived as catalyst for economic growth. This has been highlighted in previous literature, generally focusing on the economic impact of transport infrastructure investments. This paper contributes to spatial econometrics by examining the causal relationship between economic strength and accessibility gains due to the development of expressways and high-speed rail, taking the Yangtze River Delta as research object. Spatial regression models that accommodate for the influence of spatial autocorrelation and the newly defined variable “weighted mode's average travel time (WMATT)” and other explanatory variables are developed for quantitative analysis. Estimation results indicate that cities' gross domestic product increases significantly with population, passenger traffic, and foreign direct investment. Especially, all the estimated models indicate that WMATT is significantly and negatively associated with gross domestic product, revealing that inter-city accessibility gains (travel-time savings) can enhance economic strength. The robustness analysis on the estimators indicates that while the β -coefficient of WMATT generally increases with the share of expressways and high-speed rail in land transportation, its p -value increases and its effect may become insignificant if inter-city travel time becomes fast enough. Findings from this study highlight the travel-speed up measures such as open China's expressway freely and speed up the high-speed rail rather than blind development and endless investments can also play an important role in enhancing economic strength.

      PubDate: 2017-06-02T03:31:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.005
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Residential satisfaction of migrants in Wenzhou, an ‘ordinary
           city’ of China
    • Authors: Sainan Lin; Zhigang Li
      Pages: 76 - 85
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Sainan Lin, Zhigang Li
      Residential satisfaction is one of the main topics of recent urban studies, yet most focus on a relatively small group of cities, particularly megacities. This paper uses Wenzhou, China, as a case study to deepen our understanding of residential satisfaction in an ‘ordinary city’. Based on a survey of 435 migrants and 20 in-depth interviews in Shuangyu, Wenzhou, this study finds that most migrants are dissatisfied with the current housing conditions. Migrants who live in urban villages are more dissatisfied than those who live in factory dormitories. The factors that influence migrants' residential satisfaction in different housing types are also different. Moreover, marital status, education, income, length of residence, employment status, and housing facilities significantly affect residential satisfaction. Institutional factors and selected housing variables that are usually found to be important to residential satisfaction are not significant for migrants in Wenzhou. In contrast with other research conducted in megacities that emphasizes the importance of social attachment, we find that providing better facilities is likely the most effective way to improve residential satisfaction for migrants in Wenzhou.

      PubDate: 2017-06-02T03:31:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.004
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • The effect of neighbourhood social ties on migrants' subjective wellbeing
           in Chinese cities
    • Authors: Yuqi Liu; Fangzhu Zhang; Ye Liu; Zhigang Li; Fulong Wu
      Pages: 86 - 94
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Yuqi Liu, Fangzhu Zhang, Ye Liu, Zhigang Li, Fulong Wu
      Existing literature on migrants' subjective wellbeing (SWB) in Chinese cities has highlighted the crucial role of social ties, yet the pathways by which social ties influence their SWB remain poorly understood. Using Guangzhou survey data and multilevel linear regressions, this paper examines the extent to and ways in which migrants' social ties with neighbours enhance their SWB, with a particular focus on the distinction between the main effects and buffering effects of their neighbourhood ties. Results from multilevel models reveal that neighbourhood ties enhance migrants' SWB in a direct manner, but no evidence shows that neighbourhood ties lessen the negative impacts of neighbourhood deprivation. Results also illustrate that the association between neighbourhood ties and SWB is stronger for locals than for migrants. This paper contributes to our understanding of migrants' SWB by disentangling the positive effects of their social ties with neighbours and investigating the role of migrants' neighbourhood ties in relation to stress arising from neighbourhood deprivation.

      PubDate: 2017-06-07T07:39:57Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.011
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • The influence of urban structure on individual transport energy
           consumption in China's growing cities
    • Authors: Pengjun Zhao; Jingjing Diao; Shengxiao Li
      Pages: 95 - 105
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Pengjun Zhao, Jingjing Diao, Shengxiao Li
      The energy consumed by urban transportation systems has implications for local environmental protection and greenhouse gas emission reductions. It is widely claimed that in growing cities, individuals' transport energy use could be made more efficient by planning to control urban sprawl and create polycentric urban structures. However, existing conclusions are mixed. This paper contributes to this issue with an in-depth analysis of China's cities. Interestingly, polycentric cities demonstrated lower travel energy efficiency than monocentric ones. This is mainly because urban sub-center developments have failed to combine employment and residential land use. In these planned sub-centers, land use is usually dominated by either housing or industrial park developments, requiring people to commute long distances between home and work, and use cars at high rates. Increasing fragmentation of development management due to political decentralization has apparently worsened the job-housing imbalance. Though a significant effect of urban structure on transport energy consumption was observed, car use control policies had no effect, while a high level of metro services was associated with lower energy consumption.

      PubDate: 2017-06-11T17:45:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.001
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Create, control and have territories or secret places: A comparative study
           of children's play territoriality in their daily outdoor environments
           between Beijing's urban villages and modern residential areas
    • Authors: Fang Wang; Huiting Ruan; Hsiao Chieh Wang; Yingqiao Zong; Feng Zhen
      Pages: 125 - 134
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Fang Wang, Huiting Ruan, Hsiao Chieh Wang, Yingqiao Zong, Feng Zhen
      Outdoor activity spaces have very significant influences on children's growth and development. While being one of the most important spaces for children, their living environments have differentiated with the urbanization process in China. This study aims to examine the territorial selection, territorial psychology and territorial behavior of children 8–12 years old when playing outdoors from the perspective of human territoriality theory by comparing two groups of children living in urban villages and residential areas in Beijing respectively. The results show that the overall territoriality of children in residential areas is greater than that of children in urban villages. Children's territorial psychology and territorial behaviors are closely related to their cognition and spatial use. Whether the territories are dominated by groups or individuals, children in residential areas generally consider them to be play spaces, while children in urban villages tend to express feelings in their territories.

      PubDate: 2017-06-16T17:59:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.012
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Underlying social factors for evaluating heritage conservation in urban
           renewal districts
    • Authors: Esther Hiu Kwan Yung; Qi Zhang; Edwin H.W. Chan
      Pages: 135 - 148
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Esther Hiu Kwan Yung, Qi Zhang, Edwin H.W. Chan
      Urban renewal usually involves large scale demolition of areas, which can lead to the destruction of social networks and local character. It has been increasingly recognized that heritage conservation in older districts undergoing urban renewal has a significant impact on enhancing a community's sense of place, identity and development. However, a clear understanding of the social factors which contribute to successful heritage conservation in urban renewal is still lacking. This study aims to identify the social role of heritage conservation in urban renewal. It also investigates whether certain underlying social factors vary among different districts, according to density, socio-demographics and the extent of redevelopment. In order to expose the factors, a survey of three hundred and twelve people in two urban renewal districts in Hong Kong was conducted using questionnaires. The identified social factors provide an evaluation framework for examining the collective impact of conservation of historic buildings, rather than individual historic buildings on a renewal district. The findings reveal that socio-demographics of an area, local characteristics, type of heritage buildings and the extent of urban renewal do not exert a significant influence on the composition of social factors. Several policy recommendations are also provided for urban planners and decision makers incorporating heritage conservation in urban renewal strategies.

      PubDate: 2017-06-21T21:10:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.004
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Fuzzy evaluation of comprehensive benefit in urban renewal based on the
           perspective of core stakeholders
    • Authors: Yousong Wang; Jianfeng Li; Guilin Zhang; Yakun Li; Martin Henry Asare
      Pages: 163 - 170
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Yousong Wang, Jianfeng Li, Guilin Zhang, Yakun Li, Martin Henry Asare
      This paper chooses government, resident and developer for the core stakeholders of the urban renewal who can affect the realization of the urban renewal objectives during the whole life cycle of the urban renewal construction. Based on the analysis of literature summary about urban renewal, this paper confirms 30 influence factors of comprehensive benefits in urban renewal through the questionnaire. The evaluation index system of 16 factors containing three subsystems of government benefits, resident benefits and developer benefits is established through factor analysis theory. Entropy method was then used to assign weights on criteria and macro-criteria. The weights of government, residents and developers are respectively 0.343, 0.386, 0.271. Then an evaluation model of urban renewal comprehensive benefit is put up. Fuzzy theory is used to calculate the evaluation values of Lieder village renewal in Guangzhou and the evaluation result shows that the comprehensive benefit evaluation of Lieder village renewal is good. The result is accord with actual. It has a certain practical value for the evaluation model used on the comprehensive benefit evaluation of urban renewal.

      PubDate: 2017-07-02T21:21:56Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.003
      Issue No: Vol. 66 (2017)
  • Transformation and upgrading of old industrial zones on collective land:
           Empirical study on revitalization in Nanshan
    • Authors: Mingmin Pan; Hongyang Song
      Pages: 1 - 12
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65
      Author(s): Mingmin Pan, Hongyang Song
      To advance industrial upgrading, the Government of Shenzhen Nanshan District constantly loosens restrictions and offers more funding for revitalization, creating incentives for village shareholding corporations (VSCs) to revitalize old industrial zones. Focusing on the transformation and upgrading of old industrial zones on collective land based on the case study of Longjing Industrial Zone, this paper investigates the implementation and effectiveness of the new revitalization policies. First of all, by comparing the industrial zone before and after the revitalization, the results of the revitalization are summed up: the renovation of physical environment and infrastructure, the professionalization of operational models, the diversification of enterprise composition, and the demographic change (the move-in of more high-income white-collar workers). Then, the performance of the revitalization is assessed in the aspects of industry cluster and social costs, and the limitation of the transformation and upgrading of industrial zones is identified. In comparison to government-led revitalization projects, based on the analysis of the motives and actions of the stakeholders (district government, VSCs, industrial park operators [IPOs] and tenant enterprises), three underlying factors that exert negative impact on the effectiveness of revitalization have been found: 1) formalistic industry planning; 2) recruiting enterprises with loose restrictions; and 3) imperfect regulation, supervision and final acceptance standards. Finally, based on the above-mentioned limitations and underlying reasons, the paper proposes suggestions on improving the revitalization of old industrial zones.

      PubDate: 2017-05-08T01:55:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.014
      Issue No: Vol. 65 (2017)
  • A study of plot ratio/building height restrictions in high density cities
           using 3D spatial analysis technology: A case in Hong Kong
    • Authors: Jian Guo; Bingxia Sun; Zhe Qin; Siu Wai Wong; Man Sing Wong; Chi Wai Yeung; Qiping Shen
      Pages: 13 - 31
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65
      Author(s): Jian Guo, Bingxia Sun, Zhe Qin, Siu Wai Wong, Man Sing Wong, Chi Wai Yeung, Qiping Shen
      Hong Kong is an international metropolis with a highly dense population. As a result, it faces enormous challenges in terms of land supply. As part of the Hong Kong Government's initiative to increase land supply, the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) proposed minor relaxation of the maximum plot ratio/building height restrictions for 21 target sites in Kai Tak Development Area (KTDA). Although CEDD has explored the feasibility of increasing development intensity by assessing environmental impacts, infrastructure capacity and public consultation, these reviews and assessments were conducted based on the 2D GIS. Since the spatial distribution of land unit in the real world is three-dimensional, 3D GIS can help us look into the world in true perspective and make informed decisions. This study aims to investigate the viability of minor relaxation of maximum plot ratio/building height restrictions of 21 sites in KTDA through 3D modeling and 3D spatial analyses, including skyline, visual impact, shadow and solar exposure. Regarding to the 21 target sites, four scenarios with different plot ratios and building heights were built and compared. The results indicate that minor relaxation of maximum plot ratio and building height leads to (i) minor effect on skyline (ii) minor effect on visual impact and (iii) slight changes in shadow and solar exposure both in winter and summer. Therefore, in light of the findings from this study, scenario 4 is the recommended reasonable scale to relax the maximum plot ratio/building height restriction for the target sites in KTDA. Besides, this study can also be applied in the urban renewal studies and other new development areas in Hong Kong, or even in other densely populated cities.

      PubDate: 2017-05-08T01:55:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.012
      Issue No: Vol. 65 (2017)
  • Construction of a Spatial Planning system at city-level: Case study of
           “integration of multi-planning” in Yulin City, China
    • Authors: Xiaoping Zhou; Xiao Lu; Hongping Lian; Yuchen Chen; Yuanqing Wu
      Pages: 32 - 48
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65
      Author(s): Xiaoping Zhou, Xiao Lu, Hongping Lian, Yuchen Chen, Yuanqing Wu
      The construction of a spatial planning system has been identified as one of the top national agenda items in China. Several pilot cities have been put in place to experiment on “Integration of Multi-Planning” (IOMP) and explore the integration mechanism of different planning to provide practical support for spatial planning system reform. After outlining existing planning series and their relations in China, this article systematically expounds on the spatial planning disputes among Chinese departments, shows the dilemma of mismatch in planning, and, under the guidance of synergy theory, builds the spatial planning system of “unified planning” to develop common interests within the area, using Yulin City in Shaanxi Province as an example. Findings are drawn from reviewing government policies, analyzing socioeconomic and land use data, and discussing intrinsic issues before propositions are designed.

      PubDate: 2017-05-13T02:13:56Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.015
      Issue No: Vol. 65 (2017)
  • Effects of urban expansion on suburban farmers’ livelihood in Vietnam: A
           comparative analysis of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
    • Authors: Minh Hoang Vu; Hiroyuki Kawashima
      Pages: 49 - 58
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65
      Author(s): Minh Hoang Vu, Hiroyuki Kawashima

      PubDate: 2017-05-18T02:19:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.001
      Issue No: Vol. 65 (2017)
  • The socioeconomic impact of low-income housing programs: An interregional
           input-output model for the state of Sao Paulo and the rest of Brazil
    • Authors: Rodger Barros Antunes Campos; Joaquim J.M. Guilhoto
      Pages: 59 - 69
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65
      Author(s): Rodger Barros Antunes Campos, Joaquim J.M. Guilhoto
      The public policies programs for low-income housing in Brazil started in the 1930s. The most recent well-advertised program Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV) by the Federal government has the goals to improve the quality of life of poor people, to reduce the housing deficit, and to foster the economy. The objective in this research is to evaluate socioeconomics impacts of low-income housing on regional economic system, highlighting housing public policies developed by the state and the federal government. Under an emerging low-income housing policy, the state of Sao Paulo created the so-called CDHU. The question raised by this paper is how important was the contribution of these programs to the economic growth in the state of São Paulo and in the rest of Brazilian economy in previous years? Thus, a specific interregional input-output model is estimated for two regions, state of São Paulo and rest of Brazil, with the usage of six different typologies of low income housing ranging from a single families housing to gated community housing. The impacts are measured in terms of GDP, tax collection, production, and employment in the State of São Paulo and in the rest of Brazil. The results show that the effect in the economy is different depending on the chosen housing typology investment; in other words, the estimated model provide tools to decide about the best housing type for promoting economic growth. The MCMV program and the CDHU's program affect the state economy system by expanding the demand for inputs for the construction of new buildings (direct effect); by expanding the demand in other sectors due to the feedback effect (indirect effect), and by expanding the income of families - it also increases the demand for goods and services in the economy (induced effect).

      PubDate: 2017-05-18T02:19:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.001
      Issue No: Vol. 65 (2017)
  • Urban environmental challenges in developing countries—A stakeholder
    • Authors: Raed Fawzi Mohammed Ameen; Monjur Mourshed
      Pages: 1 - 10
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Raed Fawzi Mohammed Ameen, Monjur Mourshed
      Developing countries face significant urban environmental challenges due to rapid urbanization, population growth, inability to effectively tackle climate and environmental risks, inefficient governance and environmental management, the prevalence of corruption and a chronic shortage of investment. Environmental degradation is often acute in politically unstable countries such as Iraq. Several post-war urban development and regeneration projects are currently underway in Iraq, but without evident participation from the wider public in decision-making. This study investigated stakeholders' perception of urban environmental challenges—their level of importance and priority in the Iraqi context. A nationwide survey (n = 643) was conducted using a 25-item structured questionnaire where respondents' views were gathered on a 5-point Likert-type scale, in addition to demographic information. Principal component analysis (PCA) and statistical tests were applied to investigate the relationship between the perceptions of urban environmental challenges and demographic factors. Five principal components were identified, namely: water, waste, and materials; environmental impact; natural hazard; personal mobility; and transport. The results showed that about 70% of the respondents considered ‘water conservation’ as the most important urban environmental challenge, followed by ‘increase choice of transport modes’. 67.2% of the respondents rated ‘efficient infrastructure and utilities’ as a very important factor, and was ranked the third. All demographic characteristics except location showed statistically significant differences in perception. The relatively high importance placed by the respondents on infrastructure related items such as water, transport and utilities demonstrate a possible link between the perceptions and: (a) the citizens' day to day experience and hardship, and (b) the lack of adequate infrastructure and service provisions in Iraq, due to political instability in the recent decades.

      PubDate: 2017-04-19T01:16:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.002
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • Social differentiation and spatial mixture in a transitional city -
           Kunming in southwest China
    • Authors: Qiyan Wu; Jianquan Cheng; Craig Young
      Pages: 11 - 21
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Qiyan Wu, Jianquan Cheng, Craig Young
      Socio-spatial segregation, and particularly racial and ethnic segregation, has been extensively studied in the Western context but is less researched for Chinese cities, particularly those in less developed regions. The city of Kunming in remote southwest China is characterized by a transition from a socialist manufacturing center to a free market service economy and the strong presence of a diversity of ethnic groups. Kunming provides an opportunity to examine the similarities and disparities in the socio-spatial landscape compared to well-developed cities in China and other post-socialist contexts as well as those in the West. In this paper, population census data at the community level from 2000 together with its spatial boundary data are used to create 39 demographic, educational, occupational and housing variables for 431 communities. Principal component analysis, hierarchical clustering and spatial segregation indicators are combined in order to identify, classify and analyse the spatial segregation of diverse social groups. The study finds that, unusually for Chinese cities, ethnic minority and gender are significant factors, and it demonstrates that both spatial mixture and social differentiation simultaneously characterize Kunming.

      PubDate: 2017-04-19T01:16:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.03.019
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • Greening cities – To be socially inclusive? About the alleged paradox of
           society and ecology in cities
    • Authors: Dagmar Haase; Sigrun Kabisch; Annegret Haase; Erik Andersson; Ellen Banzhaf; Francesc Baró; Miriam Brenck; Leonie K. Fischer; Niki Frantzeskaki; Nadja Kabisch; Kerstin Krellenberg; Peleg Kremer; Jakub Kronenberg; Neele Larondelle; Juliane Mathey; Stephan Pauleit; Irene Ring; Dieter Rink; Nina Schwarz; Manuel Wolff
      Pages: 41 - 48
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Dagmar Haase, Sigrun Kabisch, Annegret Haase, Erik Andersson, Ellen Banzhaf, Francesc Baró, Miriam Brenck, Leonie K. Fischer, Niki Frantzeskaki, Nadja Kabisch, Kerstin Krellenberg, Peleg Kremer, Jakub Kronenberg, Neele Larondelle, Juliane Mathey, Stephan Pauleit, Irene Ring, Dieter Rink, Nina Schwarz, Manuel Wolff
      Greening cities, namely installing new parks, rooftop gardens or planting trees along the streets, undoubtedly contributes to an increase in wellbeing and enhances the attractiveness of open spaces in cities. At the same time, we observe an increasing use of greening strategies as ingredients of urban renewal, upgrading and urban revitalization as primarily market-driven endeavours targeting middle class and higher income groups sometimes at the expense of less privileged residents. This paper reflects on the current debate of the social effects of greening using selected examples. We discuss what trade-offs between social and ecological developments in cities mean for the future debate on greening cities and a socially balanced and inclusive way of developing our cities for various groups of urban dwellers. We conclude that current and future functions and features of greening cities have to be discussed more critically including a greater awareness of social impacts.

      PubDate: 2017-04-19T01:16:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.005
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • Titling the desert: Land formalization and tenure (in)security in
           Nouakchott (Mauritania)
    • Authors: Armelle Choplin; Elizabeth Dessie
      Pages: 49 - 58
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Armelle Choplin, Elizabeth Dessie

      PubDate: 2017-04-26T01:26:18Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.003
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • How does sentiment affect returns of urban housing?
    • Authors: Eddie Chi Man Hui; Zhaoyingzi Dong; ShengHua Jia; Charles Hei Ling Lam
      Pages: 71 - 84
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Eddie Chi Man Hui, Zhaoyingzi Dong, ShengHua Jia, Charles Hei Ling Lam
      Many urbanized housing markets have been overheating over the last two decades, particularly in China. However, little is known about how sentiment affects housing returns, during the dynamic process of urbanization. With this in mind, this study aims to investigate the dynamic effect of sentiment on housing returns in one of the most important urbanized cities in China, i.e. Shanghai. The study creates the buyer-seller sentiment and developer sentiment indexes using principal components analysis, followed by implementing a lag-property return model and VAR model. Evidence suggest that overall the impact of buyer-seller sentiment on housing returns is negative, while that of developer sentiment is positive. Yet interestingly, the influence of sentiment marked a noticeable change within the period under study. Before 2009, both types of sentiment had a positive effect on housing returns in the short run. After that, a higher developer sentiment drove up returns, but a higher buyer-seller sentiment had a low return. This study offers meaningful implications for policy makers in cooling down not only the housing scene of the urbanized city, but also sheds light on other urbanized housing markets globally. More importantly, it contributes to a sustainable urbanization and economic development, while providing home buyers and developers with practical suggestions.

      PubDate: 2017-05-03T01:48:06Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.013
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • The predictors of the behavioral intention to the use of urban green
           spaces: The perspectives of young residents in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Authors: Yat Yen; Zhanqi Wang; Yumin Shi; Feng Xu; Bunly Soeung; Muhammad Tayyab Sohail; Gelas Rubakula; Sahim Abdalla Juma
      Pages: 98 - 108
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64
      Author(s): Yat Yen, Zhanqi Wang, Yumin Shi, Feng Xu, Bunly Soeung, Muhammad Tayyab Sohail, Gelas Rubakula, Sahim Abdalla Juma
      Urban green spaces (UGSs) play a major role in enhancing the well-being and recreation areas for the urban dwellers; however, there is a very limited study of this field in Cambodia. In response to an increasing demand for recreational areas among urban dwellers, this study investigated the behavioral intention to the use of the UGSs from the perspective of the young residents of Phnom Penh using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). The perceived safety, accessibility, and usefulness and the core constructs of TPB were conceptualized to predict their effects on behavioral intention. In all, 554 completed samples were collected from both online and face-to-face interviews among the respondents. Data were empirically analyzed using the partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) approach and SmartPLS 3.0 software. The results revealed that the behavioral intention to the use of the UGSs was significantly associated with the perceived safety and personal attitudes, but it was not significantly associated with perceived accessibility and usefulness. The safety of the UGSs is a critical concern that recoils the behavioral intention while a lack of basic knowledge regarding the usefulness and roles of the UGSs makes negative attitudes toward the behavioral intention. It is, therefore, the safety of the UGSs that should be ensured so as to foster a livable city as well as to promote the use of the UGSs.

      PubDate: 2017-05-13T02:13:56Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.04.009
      Issue No: Vol. 64 (2017)
  • Editorial Board/Publication Information
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T10:30:11Z
  • Resettlement and adaptation in China's small town urbanization: Evidence
           from the villagers' perspective
    • Authors: Zhu Qian
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 67
      Author(s): Zhu Qian
      Small town urbanization in China is a heterogeneous and contested process that involves numerous actors and forces in the context of highly liberalized local economies. This paper examines the socioeconomic transformation and adaptation to small town life among landless and resettled villagers in the state-sponsored small town urbanization from the villagers' perspective. Based on survey opinions from the affected villagers in two small towns in Nanjing, it articulates how the institutional arrangements of land development and spatial-territorial reorganization have exerted their direct socioeconomic influence on the transformation of landless and displaced villagers' lives. The study concludes that, as a result of the growing establishment of socioeconomic relationships with the host small town society, villagers encounter various challenges that differ substantially from their expectations in the absence of more institutionalized labor market and full-fledged social service programs. Resettled villagers now face more subtle forms of institutional segmentations while the official implementation and villagers' awareness of social security and welfare programs are questionable. The study calls for a two-way approach for future research that, alongside exploring the perceptions of resettled villagers, also investigates the host society's attitudes and perceptions about these new residents.

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
  • The heterogeneous level of life quality across Chilean regions
    • Authors: Patricio Aroca; Pablo A. Gonzalez; Rocio Valdebenito
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 July 2017
      Source:Habitat International
      Author(s): Patricio Aroca, Pablo A. Gonzalez, Rocio Valdebenito
      This paper integrates the empirical literature attempting to measure quality of life with different philosophical, economic and psychological approaches that shed some light on the contours of the concept. On this basis, we suggest quality of life is composed of multiple dimensions of value that are not reducible to a single teleological measure as proposed by utilitarianism and modern economics. A quality of life index must integrate subjective and objective indicators, measures of environmental quality and inequality, individual and collective wellbeing and material and non-materials aspects. We applied this framework to the regions of a rapidly growing economy, Chile, and despite the data limitations, the paper adds dimensions that have not been explicitly considered in previous work. Using a large set of indicators based mostly on micro-data, ten factors characterizing different dimensions of life are built from 27 indicators that represent: material and subjective individual wellbeing, collective good and subjective social welfare, environmental quality and resource inequality across the Chilean regions. The behavior of the factors is very heterogeneous across regions and the correlation between factors is positive for the one representing material and subjective individual welfare, but negative with the factors representing collective good and social wellbeing. Given these results, the methods used weighting and aggregation for calculating the index becomes critical in defining the final ranking of regions. For instance, the assumption about substitution between factors is a key issue. Three methods of aggregation are used to calculate the index: the arithmetic and geometric mean that allow perfect and imperfect substitution respectively and the min-function that does not allow substitution. The results show a great deal of variation in the Quality of Life Ranking among Chilean regions, suggesting policy makers that pursuing one or two dimensions is not enough for promoting quality of life due to the multidimensional character of the concept.

      PubDate: 2017-07-12T10:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.010
  • Editorial Board/Publication Information
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 65

      PubDate: 2017-06-02T03:31:51Z
  • Do investment and improvement demand outweigh basic consumption demand in
           housing market? Evidence from small cities in Jiangsu, China
    • Authors: Jing Yifan; Yang Dezhi Jian Zuo
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Jing Du, Yifan Yang, Dezhi Li, Jian Zuo
      Housing problems in China have recently aroused wide range of interests of scholars. Housing demand, which is a classical discussing point in academia, also acts as reference for governments to enact loose, tense or neutral housing policies. However, studies scrutinizing the housing demand structure, particularly from consumption and investment perspectives are scant. Existing researches have mostly focused on the mature housing market in large cities in China, and the housing market in small cities has rarely been addressed. In this study, housing demand is deliberated in two respective dimensions of rent/own and consumption/investment demand. Price elasticities are obtained through formulating demand functions of each demand category with micro-data collected through questionnaire survey in small cities in Jiangsu. Underpinned by the set of elasticity coefficients, detailed housing demand structure can be calculated proportionately. Results suggest that the improvement and investment housing needs have outweighed basic consumption demand in small cities in Jiangsu Province. Housing price rising has a promoting effect on residential housing demand, which is in stark contrast to the existing studies on price elasticity of housing demand in large cities in China. Factors of urbanization significantly influence the housing need of residents in small cities. Improvement of urbanization rate would contribute to the consumption demand booming while prosperity of tertiary industry would boost improvement and investment housing demand. Not only could the analytic methodology of housing demand structure demonstrated in this paper be referenced, but the empirical answers carry vital implications for governments implementing diverse policy design in large and small cities in China.

      PubDate: 2017-05-28T03:27:24Z
  • Measuring urban diversity of Songjiang New Town: A re-configuration of a
           Chinese suburb
    • Authors: Sea Eun; Cho Saehoon Kim
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 66
      Author(s): Sea Eun Cho, Saehoon Kim
      Large-scale New Town projects being built in the developing world, including China, are often criticized for its lack of urban diversity. This is because these areas do not display the characteristics where urban diversity is normally found such as areas that are developed over longer periods of time, places of incremental change, and areas with small urban blocks. However, two aspects challenge the simplistic conclusion that New Towns are physically and socially monotonous: the diversification of the housing provision system in China; and rapid internal migration. Against this background, this study measures the housing and social diversity of four study areas in Songjiang, an outer suburb of Shanghai, using the entropy index to illustrate a more complicated understanding of where and how diversity occurs. The results showed that older, incrementally developed areas were diverse, but more interestingly, new comprehensively developed areas were also diverse through variations in building types and a wide housing price range. The study found disparate tendencies between housing and social diversity in other areas. In conclusion, the study highlighted the different contexts of urban diversity and its importance in drawing appropriate urban design measures which encourage the positive aspects of diversity such as urban vitality and equity.

      PubDate: 2017-05-28T03:27:24Z
  • Editorial Board/Publication Information
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Habitat International, Volume 64

      PubDate: 2017-05-18T02:19:42Z
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