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It is a well-known fact that quality of environment in urban habitats has deteriorated throughoutthe world over time and the down-slide still continues. It is a matter of great concern as it affectshuman well-being and health. This problem under the general umbrella of quality of life studieshas been examined from different angles. At the centre stage in this paper it is the quality of environmentfrom a human perspective to inform the policy makers about the hiatus between objectiveempirical and perceived quality of environment QOE. Indeed, some qualitative studies aresuccessful in finding out deeper issues in respect of environmental degradation of urban habitatswhich should be brought to the notice of urban planners and designers. However, studies carriedout in environmental psychology, in many cases, have failed to philosophical underpinnings andappropriateness of methodology. They are unable in theorising the quality of the urban environmentto the satisfaction of critical evaluation. The present paper is a humble attempt to criticallyevaluate the objective and perceptual approaches and methodologies to understand and evaluatequality of the urban environment. In the process, their philosophical foundations are also subjectedto critical evaluation to conclude which one of the two approaches better informs policymakers concerned with urban development and renewal programmes.


Quality of Urban Environment, Liveability, Objective Approach, Perceptual Approach, Empirical Science, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics

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Khan, M. , Aftab, S. and Fakhruddin,  . 2015 Quality of Urban Environment: A Critical Review of Approaches and Methodologies. Current Urban Studies, 3, 368-384. doi: 10.4236-cus.2015.34029.

Autor: Mohammad Firoz Khan1, Subia Aftab2, Fakhruddin2

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/


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