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A Comprehensive View on Urban Spatial Structure: Urban Density Patterns of German City Regions

Krehl, Angelika and Siedentop, Stefan and Taubenböck, Hannes and Wurm, Michael (2016) A Comprehensive View on Urban Spatial Structure: Urban Density Patterns of German City Regions. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 5 (76), pp. 1-21. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/ijgi5060076 ISSN 2220-9964

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Urban density must be considered a key concept in the description of a city’s urban spatial structure. Countless studies have provided evidence of a close relationship between built density and activity densities, on the one hand, and urban environmental conditions or social practices, on the other hand. However, despite the concept’s common use in urban research, urban density is a rather fuzzy and highly complex concept that is accompanied by a confusing variety of indicators and measurement approaches. To date, an internationally-accepted standard for the implementation of density indicators that permits a robust comparison of different countries, regions or cities is widely missing. This paper discusses the analytical opportunities that recent remote sensing data offer in regard to an objective and transparent measurement of built density patterns of city regions. It furthermore clarifies the interrelations between built and activity densities. We apply our approach to four German city regions to demonstrate the analytical capacity of spatially-refined density indicators for the purposes of comparative urban research at a regional scale. In so doing, we contribute to a more encompassing and robust understanding of the urban density concept when analyzing regional morphology

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104421/
Document Type:Article
Title:A Comprehensive View on Urban Spatial Structure: Urban Density Patterns of German City Regions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Krehl, AngelikaILS DortmundUNSPECIFIED
Siedentop, StefanILS DortmundUNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wurm, Michaelmichael.wurm (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 May 2016
Journal or Publication Title:ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/ijgi5060076
Page Range:pp. 1-21
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:urban spatial structure; remote sensing; density measures; built density; floor area ratio; built-up volume; land use metrics; city region; Germany
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Zivile Kriseninformation und Georisiken (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Wurm, Michael
Deposited On:31 May 2016 08:22
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:22

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