Open Access Article

Title: A multicriteria decision support approach for evaluating highly complex adaptive reuse plans

Authors: Francesca Abastante; Salvatore Corrente; Salvatore Greco; Isabella M. Lami

Addresses: Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy ' Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Italy ' Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Italy; CORL, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, UK ' Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Abstract: How to handle an environmental/urban decision problem with many alternatives and the presence of several interdependent criteria? Starting from the 'Futur-e Project' of the main Italian distributor of electricity, the paper proposes an integrated MCDA approach illustrated by the comparison of alternative projects for the reuse of a large abandoned thermoelectric power plant in Italy. We focus on the following aspects: 1) evaluation of the feasible plan performances with respect to criteria; 2) construction of a reliable decision support model requiring the decision-maker parsimonious preference information. We adopted an assessment framework based on the Choquet integral to represent interaction between criteria, parsimonious AHP reducing the number of pairwise comparisons, and SMAA permitting to explore the space of different recommendations supplied by the decision model in case of perturbation of its parameters. We report on the evolution of the procedure and on the aspects of the support provided by the adopted approach.

Keywords: adaptive reuse; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; Choquet integral; stochastic multicriteria acceptability analysis; SMAA; remediation of contaminated sites; multiple criteria decision aiding; MCDA; interacting criteria.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2022.10049088

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, 2022 Vol.9 No.1, pp.43 - 69

Received: 01 Mar 2021
Accepted: 04 Apr 2022

Published online: 08 Aug 2022 *