Quantifying Urban Form: Compactness versus 'Sprawl'

@article{Tsai2005QuantifyingUF,
  title={Quantifying Urban Form: Compactness versus 'Sprawl'},
  author={Yu-hsin Tsai},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={141 - 161}
}
This paper develops a set of quantitative variables to characterise urban forms at the metropolitan level and, in particular, to distinguish compactness from 'sprawl'. It first reviews and analyses past research on the definitions of urban form, compactness and sprawl, and corresponding quantitative variables. Four quantitative variables are developed to measure four dimensions of urban form at the metropolitan level: metropolitan size, activity intensity, the degree that activities are evenly… Expand
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