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Title: Using urban-carrying capacity as a benchmark for sustainable urban development : an empirical study of Beijing
Authors: Wei, Y
Huang, C
Lam, PT 
Sha, Y
Feng, Y
Keywords: Assessment framework
Sustainable urban development
Urban carrying capacity (UCC)
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: MDPI AG
Source: Sustainability (Switzerland), 2015, v. 7, no. 3, p. 3244-3268 How to cite?
Journal: Sustainability (Switzerland) 
Abstract: Sustainable urban development has been receiving growing concerns from both city managers and urban residents across the world. As a yardstick of sustainability, urban carrying capacity (UCC) is an important conceptual underpinning that guides local governments in promoting sustainable urban development. However, existing studies still lack consensus not only on the theoretical aspects, but also on the methodological issues for UCC monitoring and evaluation. A knowledge gap exists, which this paper fills. This study aims to develop a practical UCC assessment framework to guide urban development towards achieving sustainability. The quantitative-based assessment framework provides a set of measurable indicators and benchmarks for city managers to conduct routine monitoring on progress toward urban sustainability, and helps identify deficient areas, which urgently need resource allocation to improve UCC. Focusing on a case study of Beijing, this study demonstrates that the framework is useful in promoting urban sustainability. This framework provides rich implications for other city prototypes in China as the nation marches into the next phase of development.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su7033244
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