Quantifying the urban built environment: a neighbourhood-scale analysis

Keywords: Built environment, Travel behaviour, Land-use, Entropy, Neighbourhood-scale


The quantification of the built environment has been approached from two major perspectives-regional-scale and neighbourhood-scale. Few studies have attempted to quantify the built environment from the neighbourhood-scale and none of these studies attempted to examine the interactions that exist between the respective built environment indicators and the spatial variation of such interaction which may help under the emerging travel-related prototypical neighbourhoods. Two types of datasets were used in the study and these are neighbourhood-based field surveys and data extracted from a satellite image. These were used to compute indicators which were in turn used to measure the built environment of Benin metropolitan region. The interaction between the indicators revealed that the quantification of the built environment categorised the region into 3 distinct prototypical neighbourhoods-pedestrian-oriented zones, transit-oriented zone, and car-oriented zone.


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Author Biographies

Ndidi Felix Nkeki, Department of Geography and Regional Planning University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

He is a Doctor of Transport Geography, a PhD he obtained from the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Benin, Nigeria. His PhD research is focused on the built environment and travel behaviour using advanced modelling techniques. His other areas of research interest are transportation and regional development, urban transport and land-use planning, applied GIS and remote sensing, spatial statistics and modelling.

Monday Ohi Asikhia, Department of Geography and Regional Planning University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

He is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Benin. His research interests are in the areas of urban and regional planning with a special interest in public facilities planning.


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How to Cite
NkekiN., & AsikhiaM. (2021). Quantifying the urban built environment: a neighbourhood-scale analysis. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 14(2), 189-209. https://doi.org/10.6093/1970-9870/8003