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Urban air pollution and the impact on human health have been a global concern. Though existing studies focused on the overall impacts of air pollution on socio-demographic phenomena such as human health and economy in the city, insufficient attention was paid to investigate spatio-temporal variations of air quality and the effects of socio-economic activities as well as built environment characteristics in the developing world. Evidence shows that integrated mixed-use, high-rise and medium-rise compact, and transit-oriented development (TOD) can improve air quality on the city scale. Dhaka as a megacity in Bangladesh, has been struggling to ensure a clean and livable community for many decades. Consequently, several mega-infrastructure projects such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are on the highest priority lists of the government. In this research, planning scenarios for socio-economic and built environments, which address job-housing balance, TOD-like development, connectivity, building form and density, will be simulated along the BRT line for air quality consequences at neighbourhood level. Thus, this research will look up answers to the following questions: 1) How is air quality at neighbourhood level associated with built environment characteristics in Dhaka after controlling for other factors? 2) How are air quality dynamics linked to the spatial distribution of socio-economic activities? 3) What is the air quality implications of Medium-rise compact TOD-like development along the BRT line?
Keyword: Neighbourhood air quality; Scenario Planning, Dhaka city; Medium-rise compact building form, Transit Oriented Development, Bus Rapid Transit.
About the Speaker
Mr. Kazi Humayun KABIR is a second-year PhD student the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Master of Science Degree in Geodesy and Geoinformatics (Built Environment) from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Mr. Kazi was appointed as Assistant Town Planner in the Detailed Area Planning (DAP) project of Dhaka city after his graduation. Further, he served a Danish land surveying company in Copenhagen as a project manager for the raster GIS department. Since 2009, Mr Kazi has lectured extensively in the field of Urban Planning and Development Studies in Khulna University of Bangladesh prior to his PhD journey. His research interests include urban air quality, GIS and Remote Sensing applications in environmental management, sustainable built environment, spatially integrated social science (SISS), cities and sustainable development, poverty and inequality analysis, smart city, big data, and machine learning.
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