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Title: An investigation into how decision trees might be used in sustainable urban design decision-making in the West End Partnership in Morecambe
Author: Pemberton-Billing, Naomi
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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Urban design decision-making is complex and problematic, involving the detailed inter-disciplinary sharing of information, data and understanding (Barnett, 1982). The problems associated with making decisions in this environment are covered widely by a prolific number of authors (Roberts and Greed, 2001; Moughtin, Tanner and Tiesdell, 1995; Greed, 1995; Rowley, 1994; McLoughlin, 1969; Jacobs, 1961). Despite this profusion of authors on the subject there are, to date, only a few suggested solutions put forward which could be used to help improve the situation (Raman and Naderi, 2006; Boyko et al, 2005; Roberts, M. 2000; McGlynn & Murrain, 1994). Many studies have been conducted which have examined the nature of urban design projects, their anticipated and actual outcomes (Park, 2004; Punter, 2003; DETR, 2001). This thesis explores how decision-trees can be used to contribute to sustainable urban design decision-making. For each of the three case studies conducted the current urban design decision-making process was identified through interviews and document analysis with participants. The research involved interviewing a range of practitioners across disciplines, to capture methods of working, sharing and storing of data and information. This also identified the challenges faced by the practitioners involved in decision-making when considering urban design and sustainability during the urban design process. With the help of the research participants the author was able to build decision-trees for each of the three case-studies and evaluate how the decision-trees might be used in the future to contribute to the sustainable urban design decision-making process. The case-study research was conducted in conjunction with the Lancaster and Morecambe City Council and focused on an area currently undergoing major regeneration in the West End of Morecambe. There have been limited funds available to the project team involved in the West End and much of the work has necessarily considered cost and sustainability. The regeneration team have therefore been keen to embrace suitable methods to harness, share and manage the important knowledge generated during the urban design process in order to improve the future of the area under generation. The results of the research illustrate how the use of decision -trees could contribute to sustainable urban design decision-making in a small focused area such as the West End of Morecambe. The research conducted also highlights the problems associated with change, development and regeneration in a declining economic environment
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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