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Livability in Southern cities: a multi-scalar spatial analysis of the streetscapes of Arequipa (Peru)

April 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Discussions surrounding the barriers for the implementation of Goal 11, one of the SDGs recently approved by the UN, tend to concentrate on the procedural aspects of policy implementation, possibly due to the challenging political, economic and institutional circumstances of countries of, particularly, the Global South. Although valuable, these discussions have not addressed yet the substantive aspects championed by Goal’s 11 agenda, which are mainly represented by the conceptual and operational synergies and trade-offs of the approaches to sustainability and livability embedded in its aim and targets.


Therefore, this ongoing research aims to depict the nature of the synergies and trade-offs of sustainability and livability approaches to urban development by examining the influence of building regulations in shaping the residential streetscapes of the case study city of Arequipa (Peru). This policy sector and the materialization of its prescriptions in streetscapes offer a rich arena for studying the issues raised by this research. On the one hand, it can be argued that not only housing policy approaches to urban development directly influence the quality of the physical structure and urban functionality of cities, but also their legal provisions highly contribute to the appeal of residential places. On the other, these three aspects of streetscapes, i.e. physical, functional and symbolic, can be considered as key in realizing the aims of the sustainability and livability agendas.

To conclude, some recommendations and more feasible pathways to re-orient Peruvian housing policies and corresponding legal mechanisms are proposed.


Jessica Pineda Zumaran
Dr. Jessica Pineda Zumaran holds a PhD in Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Manchester (UK). On October 2014, she joined UNU-IAS (Tokyo) as a JSPS Postdoctoral fellow where she is conducting urban and planning research on public space provision through housing, urban renewal and road infrastructure policies. In parallel to her academic career, she also has extensive planning practice experience in her native Peru. Her research interests include: planning policy, practice and methodology; spatial data usage in local decision-making; the materialization of urban policies in the built-up environment; and public space provision at varying scales.


April 6, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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