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The SURegen Workbench: A Web-Based Collaborative Regeneration Tool


  • Yun Chen

    (University of Salford, UK)

  • Yonghui Song

    (University of Salford, UK)

  • Samantha Bowker

    (University of Salford, UK)

  • Andy Hamilton

    (University of Salford, UK)


Urban regeneration is of considerable contemporary public interest and debate. Sustainable urban regeneration requires a comprehensive and integrated vision and action to address the resolution of urban problems and bring about a lasting improvement in the economic, physical, social, and environmental conditions of an area that has been subject to change. Thus, there are increased requirements for decision making and knowledge sharing by urban planners, local authorities, and other practitioners to achieve sustainability in urban regeneration activities. To address these challenges the research team of the Sustainable Urban Regeneration (SURegen) project (UK Government EPSRC funded, £2.5 Million, in the SUE programme) designed and implemented a prototype Regeneration Workbench, which addresses the key challenges in regeneration practice and provides a flexible and integrated e-platform. Over the past 20 years many Planning Support Systems (PSS) have been developed. Whereas most of these systems address a small range of issues, the SURegen workbench takes a holistic approach to all aspects that have influence sustainable regeneration. Furthermore, the workbench specifically addresses the management of urban regeneration projects and the skills gaps amongst regeneration professionals. This article describes the urban challenges addressed and details the SURegen approach to meeting these challenges.

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  • Yun Chen & Yonghui Song & Samantha Bowker & Andy Hamilton, 2012. "The SURegen Workbench: A Web-Based Collaborative Regeneration Tool," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 1(2), pages 44-64, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:1:y:2012:i:2:p:44-64

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