Culture in sustainable infrastructure: the polycentric cultural framework model

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Omoregie, Alohan 2012. Culture in sustainable infrastructure: the polycentric cultural framework model. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer. https://doi.org/10.1680/muen.2012.165.1.31
AuthorsOmoregie, Alohan
Abstract

The state of infrastructure and services is widely perceived as a measure of development and a major catalyst for growth in both developed and developing economies. However, financing, maintaining and replicating existing infrastructures in areas of need have been mostly ineffective. In view of the widespread failures and poor state of infrastructure and services, there is a need to review current delivery and procurement frameworks. Given that sustainable infrastructure is also an essential prerequisite for sustainable development, this paper presents a polycentric cultural framework for infrastructure and service delivery; a framework which emphasises the integration of infrastructure users, communities, public and private sectors throughout the process of conceptualisation to actual delivery of infrastructure, by taking the recipients’ culture, beliefs and values into account. The framework also emphasises the use of systemic referendum among stakeholders by way of the traditional consultative processes and the collaborative consensus paradigm to achieve an effective and sustainable delivery of infrastructure and services.

The state of infrastructure and services is widely perceived as a measure of development and a major catalyst for
growth in both developed and developing economies. However, financing, maintaining and replicating existing
infrastructures in areas of need have been mostly ineffective. In view of the widespread failures and poor state of
infrastructure and services, there is a need to review current delivery and procurement frameworks. Given that
sustainable infrastructure is also an essential prerequisite for sustainable development, this paper presents a
polycentric cultural framework for infrastructure and service delivery; a framework which emphasises the integration
of infrastructure users, communities, public and private sectors throughout the process of conceptualisation to actual
delivery of infrastructure, by taking the recipients’ culture, beliefs and values into account. The framework also
emphasises the use of systemic referendum among stakeholders by way of the traditional consultative processes and
the collaborative consensus paradigm to achieve an effective and sustainable delivery of infrastructure and services.

KeywordsInfrastructure planning; Procurement; Sustainability
Year2012
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer
PublisherInstitution of Civil Engineers
ISSN09650903
17517699
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1680/muen.2012.165.1.31
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621439
hdl:10545/621439
Publication datesMar 2012
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