This paper addresses an important aspect of urban infrastructure provision, which is the interdependencies between agencies involved in the process of provision of these critical urban systems. In order to identify these interdependencies, a qualitative multiple embedded case study, comprising the process of urban infrastructure provision for four new residential sites in Iran, was designed and conducted. The unit of analysis was the process of provision of different kinds of urban infrastructure systems, including water supply system, piping gas network, sanitation sewage system, electric power grid, telecommunication network, and transportation system network. The findings indicate that there are various kinds of interdependencies between agencies involved in the process, which can be classified into three main categories, namely, site selection interdependencies, designing interdependencies, and implementation interdependencies. Identifying these interdependencies provides a guide for decision-makers to consider the potentials and limitations of urban infrastructure systems in planning for new housing development areas.
Mohammad Mehdi Azizi
Institution: University of Tehran
Department: School of Urban Planning
Mohammad Mehdi Azizi is a Professor of Urban Planning, at the school of Urban Planning, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. He completed his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning at the University of Sydney, Australia in 1995. He has published several international articles in ISI journals, including those in the journals of Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Habitat International, as well as several papers in International Conferences. Azizi also has published over 60 articles in Iranian journals and over 20 national conference papers. He has two books (in Persian) entitled “Density in Urban Planning” and “Urban Land Development in Iran”. “Study on Land Market” and “Action Plan for Land Market” (conducted for the World Bank and National Land and Housing Organization in 2002) are among his international research projects. Furthermore, he has conducted Over 25 Research Projects in Persian.