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System dynamics urban sustainability model for Puerto Aura in Puebla, Mexico

Duran-Encalada, Jorge and Paucar-Caceres, Alberto (2009) System dynamics urban sustainability model for Puerto Aura in Puebla, Mexico. Systemic practice and action research, 22 (2). pp. 77-99. ISSN 1094-429X

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Abstract

This paper reports on an on-going project on urban sustainability, the Puerto Aura in the region of the Valsequillo Lake in Puebla, Mexico. As part of the project, a simulation model was built to explore the dynamic interaction of the dimensions inherent in sustainable urban development. After reviewing literature on sustainable urban development (SUD) frameworks and tools, we identify key variables that intervene in SUD. We propose a System Dynamics model to simulate the dimensions that intervene in a sustainable development and to anticipate the consequences of the decision making process. The structure and inter-relationships of four sectors in the proposed model are described, the sustainability indicators in each sector explained. Preliminary conclusions are drawn stating that a complete run of the model simulating a 20 years horizon in monthly periods is expected when the full data from the Puerto Aura master plan becomes available.

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