The third volume of the Sustainable Urban Development Series outlines the BEQUEST toolkit that helps link protocol with the assessment methods currently available for evaluating the sustainability of urban development. It details the decision support mechanisms developed for users of the system to guide them in selecting the appropriate assessment methods for a variety of evaluations.

This book provides case studies drawn from locations across Europe, and also provides best practice examples demonstrating those protocols that planners, property developers and design and construction professionals have followed, and how they have selected the assessment methods they need to best evaluate the sustainability of cities, districts, neighbourhoods and buildings.

chapter 1|13 pages


part I|23 pages

The Toolkit

chapter 2|21 pages

Decision Support for Sustainable Urban Development

The Origins and Potential of the BEQUEST Toolkit

part II|192 pages


part II.i|42 pages

Simple and Advanced Evaluations of Urban Land Use

chapter 3|19 pages

Scenario Analysis in Spatial Impact Assessment

A Methodological Approach

chapter 4|21 pages

Multi-Criteria Evaluation and Planning Support

Choosing Among Alternative Scenarios for an Urban Natural Park in Sardinia, Italy

part II.ii|50 pages

Advanced Evaluations of Urban Land Use

chapter 5|18 pages

Sustainable Urban Development

The Case of Mixed and Compact Land Use

chapter 6|30 pages


A System for Multi-Criteria Modelling and Appraisal of Road Transport Networks

part II.iii|41 pages

Advanced Evaluations of Urban Land Use, Buildings and Estates

chapter 8|18 pages

Documentation, Assessment and Labelling of Building Quality

The German ‘Building Passport' Issue

part II.iv|56 pages

Advanced and Very Advanced Evaluations of Neighbourhoods, Districts and Cities

part III|51 pages

Evaluating the Sustainability of Urban Development

chapter 12|15 pages

The Search for Sustainable Communities

Ecological Integrity, Equity and the Question of Participation

chapter 14|8 pages