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Identifying factors influencing urban spatial growth for the George Town conurbation

Mahamud, Mohd Amirul and Samat, Narimah and Mohd Noor, Norzailawati (2016) Identifying factors influencing urban spatial growth for the George Town conurbation. Planning Malaysia: Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 14 (XIV). pp. 95-106. ISSN 1675-6215 E-ISSN 0128-0945

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Abstract

Urban growth, which caused spatial land use and land cover changes has affected various physical environment, social, and economic activities. Thus, in order to understand the dynamic process of urban spatial growth, researchers throughout the world have implemented diverse approaches, where spatial models have been developed to predict and simulate future urban growth. Those models were developed based on the driving forces that stimulate urban spatial growth. Therefore, in ensuring reliable models to be developed will be able to forecast future changes and their potential environmental effects, the driving forces must be identified. The objective of this paper is to identify possible driving forces that promote urban spatial growth of the George Town Conurbation. The study was conducted based on reviewing recent publications in journals and an on-line survey. An on-line survey was generated and distributed to academicians and urban planners to identify factors influencing urban spatial growth and their weights. The findings indicated that distance to public amenities, cheap housing price, and distance to the workplace are among factors that are important determinants of urban development. The results provide valuable insights in modelling urban growth in future research.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6608/53912
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban Spatial Growth, Driving Forces, George Town Conurbation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Dr Norzailawati Mohd Noor
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 16:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/53912

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