Abstract for: Application of System Dynamics model and GIS in sustainability assessment of urban residential development

Considering rapid population growth and urbanization, sustainability assessment of residential development has become increasingly necessary for understanding environmental impacts and supporting urban planning. In this paper, due to the urban activities cause impacts not only on local level but also a broader scale, a simulation model, using System Dynamics (SD) methodology, was structured to quantitatively investigate the developmental tendency of housing demand and supply. And then the estimated results were displayed in ArcGIS and CityEngine. The integration of GIS and SD model can better explain the interaction and the variation with time of the sustainable indicators for residential development. Hence itís able to support the Decision Maker to view the sustainable level of urban residential areas more comprehensively.