The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 47


1 March 2002

Unearthing the Roots of Urban Sprawl: A Critical Analysis of Form, Function and Methodology

Urban sprawl is one of the key issues facing cities today. There is a large volume of literature on the topic but despite this there is little agreement as to its characteristics and effects.

The paper discusses some of the most contested issues of urban sprawl. It looks at the various definitions of sprawl; examines the effects of sprawl, assessing these in relation to planning and market led approaches; and discusses methodological approaches relating to measures of sprawl in terms of its impacts and forms.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 329KB.

Authors: Nancy Chin

Publication Date: 1/3/2002

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