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Managing future urbanization growth patterns using genetic algorithm modeling

Sajeda Al-Hadidi (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Ghaleb Sweis (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Waleed Abu-Khader (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA)
Ghaida Abu-Rumman (Civil Engineering Department, Isra University, Amman, Jordan)
Rateb Sweis (Faculty of Business, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 9 February 2023




Despite the enormous need to succeed in the urban model, scientists and policymakers should work consistently to create blueprints to regulate urbanization. The absence of coordination between the crucial requirements and the regional strategies of the local authorities leads to a lack of conformance in urban development. The purpose of this paper is to address this issue.


This study intends to manage future urban growth patterns using integrated methods and then employ the results in the genetic algorithm (GA) model to considerably improve growth behavior. Multi-temporal land-use datasets have been derived from remotely sensed images for the years 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2020. Urban growth patterns and processes were then analyzed with land-use-and-land-cover dynamics. Results were examined for simulation and utilization of the GA.


Model parameters were derived and evaluated, and a preliminary assessment of the effective coefficient in the formation of urbanization is analyzed, showing the city's urbanization pattern has followed along with the transportation infrastructure and outward growth, and the scattering rates are high, with an increase of 5.64% in building area associated with a decrease in agricultural lands and rangelands.


The research achieved a considerable improvement over the growth behavior. The conducted research design was the first of its type in that field to be executed to any specific growth pattern parameters in terms of regulating and policymaking. The method has integrated various artificial intelligence models to monitor, measure and optimize the projected growth by applying this design. Other research on the area was limited to projecting the future of Amman as it is an urbanized distressed city.



Al-Hadidi, S., Sweis, G., Abu-Khader, W., Abu-Rumman, G. and Sweis, R. (2023), "Managing future urbanization growth patterns using genetic algorithm modeling", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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