Lecturer assistant - part timer , Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
It examines how local partners can work together to raise the sense of locality.
Re-generating neighbourhood communities that are physical, socially, and economically sustainable is a major challenge. A “sustainable urban neighbourhood” is a small-scale urban area within a city that comprises economic, social and environmental sustainability. However, open spaces as a vital component of the neighbourhood’s physical structure, have an important role to play. They represent the arena of both, neighbours’ outdoor interactions, subsequently building the neighbourhood’s sense of community. Several approaches have been implemented to regenerate sustainable urban neighbourhoods’ open spaces. Yet this paper adopts a new approach based on the motivational theory. This approach –based on the motivating potential score MPS- relies on a mathematical formula, which examines the motivation score that reveals the low values which have to be enhanced, and the high values which must be enriched. This paper aims to investigate the roles of regenerating sustainable urban neighbourhoods in terms of open spaces and gathering areas to enhance the communities’ sustainability. It examines how local partners can work together to raise the sense of locality and realize the aspirations of their needs and concludes with recommendations for better neighbourhoods and stronger communities. The paper offers the Motivating Potential Score as an integrated tool used to evaluate the capacity to motivate local community participation. MPS model imitates the psychological state of local community partners, motivational characteristics, and personal attributes, which influence response to challenging and complex participation tasks. Finally, the paper applies its findings to one of the open spaces in Egypt; Cairo ‘masaken Othman’ as an open space re-design. The application comes to show the validity of the conceptual application of the proposed motivating potential score upon encouraging the local community to participate in re-designing their own neighbourhood open spaces, towards the more sustainable urban neighbourhood.
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