Title: Towards an urban quality framework: determining critical measures for different geographical scales to attract and retain talent in cities

Authors: Niusha Esmaeilpoorarabi; Tan Yigitcanlar; Mirko Guaralda

Addresses: School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia ' School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia ' School of Design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia

Abstract: In the era of knowledge economy, offerings of urban spaces are critical for success in the tough rivalry to attract and retain knowledge workers and industries. Many cities foster knowledge-based urban developments through strategies to make urban spaces more appealing to talent and investment. These strategies focus on enhancing urban quality - that is a multidimensional phenomenon with numerous economic, social, environmental, and personal aspects. Urban quality is impacted by diverse factors at different geographic scales - i.e., regional, urban, and local levels. At present there is no clear understanding on how synergies across these different geographic scales work. This study aims to investigate the connotations and characteristics of urban quality measures at various geographic scales through the review of literature and best practice studies. Based on the review findings, the paper proposes directions to build a multidimensional and multi-scalar urban quality framework that assigns relevant quality measures to each geographic scale. This paper sheds light on the urban quality policy and performance assessment issues in the context of knowledge and innovation spaces, and generate insights for urban planners and policymakers in planning and developing appealing local conditions in their cities.

Keywords: urban quality measures; quality of place; quality of life; QoL; capital systems; knowledge workers; knowledge industries; knowledge-based urban development; KBUD; knowledge spaces; innovation spaces; geographical scales; talent attraction; talent retention; cities; knowledge economy; urban spaces; performance evaluation; urban planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2016.078556

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2016 Vol.7 No.3, pp.290 - 312

Available online: 18 Aug 2016 *

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