Towards a SDGs Based Neighborhood Sustainability Evaluation Framework: A Tool for Assessing Sustainability at the Urban Micro-Scale

Italo Meloni; Francesco Piras; Valeria Saiu; Ivan Blecic
Urban Regeneration Through Valuation Systems for Innovation

In light of the rapid growth of the built environment and its attendant climate, ecological, social and economic impacts, neighborhood is recognized as an effective level to address many sustainability objectives, according to the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. However, there is no simple way to define an index for neighborhood sustainability assessment that can be used as a suitable tool for evaluating and monitoring interventions at this scale. The paper introduces a neighborhood sustainability evaluation framework based on SDGs that allows to analyze and measure the performance on different goals and map the results via a Geographic Information System. This architecture is useful to merge data from a variety of open sources and to obtain a significant spatial representation of potentials and problems on different thematic issues of a specific neighborhood or urban area. Due to its sensitivity—both in relation to the spatial and environmental structure and the socio-functional organization of the neighborhood micro-scale that are analyzed—the proposed evaluation framework can serve as an important planning and design tool to guide and inform strategies, policies and urban transformation interventions aimed at improving urban sustainability.