WIT Press

Quality Loss Of Surroundings In Urban Places


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651 - 661




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WIT Press


L. Benyounes-Ferahta


Today, quality of life is a major issue, since the physical and aesthetic degradation of the built environment is manifested by a difficulty reading our own city, and lack of sense of belonging. Thus, quality of life is currently a major expectation, to claim time, even if it is perceived on spatial scales and temporalities, which differ from the user to the different actors of the urban landscape. This raises the question of how to explore the causes of the lack of quality of our urban environment and the relationships between the quality of the built environment and the quality of life. It refers in particular to the need for further reflection on the mechanisms that govern the production of urban space, which passes through the consideration of the relationship between urban structure and social and economic functioning of the city, as well as with eco systemic components. Similarly, the sustainability paradigm of urban structures, environmental and socio-economic are closely linked and must be addressed in a transverse vision by any sustainable urban development policy, while integrating the different logics of urban actors. This finally implies that the update target parameters must establish spatial and environmental schemes that promote quality of life and urbanity. It reflects, in particular, the possibility of developing a system of indicators to conduct an evaluation of the quality of the urban landscape, to finally lay the foundations of a process of urban renewal that guarantees the quality of life and urbanity.


quality of life, quality of the built environment, sustainability, urbanity