Quality of Life and Compact Development Policies in Bandung, Indonesia

Sigit Dwiananto Arifwidodo, Ranjith Perera

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The study explores whether Quality of Life (QOL) corresponds to the spatial pattern of urban system as a result of compact development policy practice in Bandung city, Indonesia. It examines the connection between QOL and selected attributes of compact development. A self-reported life satisfaction is used as a proxy for QOL based on a cross-sectional survey data from 400 respondents. The analysis shows that the changes in QOL significantly correspond to the change of different attributes of compact development. The result suggests that compact development policies in Bandung have not shown a desirable result in improving QOL of the urban residents. The result also indicates that the implementation of the policy is less beneficial in the context of developing countries. The study strengthens the existing argument that compact development policies need to be tailored to suit the context of developing countries, rather than just be taken for granted from the practices in developed countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-179
Number of pages21
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Compact development
  • Life satisfaction
  • Quality of life
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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