—Cities in developing countries are experiencing
rapid and in many cases unsustainable growth. This paper
analyses the importance of sustainable urban planning in the
context of the capital city of Saudi Arabia, which is Riyadh. It
provides a comprehensive review of the historical growth of the
city and critically discusses its urban planning development
phases, informed by strategies and schemes adopted during this
development process. This critical review is based on a
proposed framework of sustainable development that focuses
on a number of core issues, including environmental, social,
economic and urban planning. This proposed model is
evaluated based on the opinion of 35 experts, who are familiar
with the local context of Saudi Arabian cities, through the use of
the Delphi Technique.
—Urban planning, sustainable urban planning
development, oil boom phase, post-oil boom phase, Delphi
A. AlQahtany is with the Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff
University, Queen’s Buildings, the Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA, Wales UK
Y. Rezgui and H. Li are with the Engineering Informatics, Director BRE
Institute in Sustainable Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff
University (e-mail: rezguiy@Cardiff.ac.uk, lih@Cardiff.ac.uk).
Cite:Ali AlQahtany, Yacine Rezgui, and Haijiang Li, "A Consensus-Based Framework for the Sustainable Urban Planning Development: “As an Approach for Saudi Arabian Cities”," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 124-131, 2014.