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Inferring floor area ratio thresholds for the delineation of city centers based on cognitive perception

Wurm, Michael and Goebel, Jan and Wagner, Gert G. and Weigand, Matthias and Dech, Stefan and Taubenböck, Hannes (2021) Inferring floor area ratio thresholds for the delineation of city centers based on cognitive perception. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 48 (2), pp. 265-279. Sage Publications. doi: 10.1177/2399808319869341. ISSN 2399-8083.

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Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2399808319869341


The morphology of today’s cities is the result of historic urban developments and on-going urban transformation resulting in complex urban spatial structures. While functionally as well as spatially, cities are structured into sub-units such as the city center, business districts, residential areas or industrial and commercial zones, their precise localization in the geographic space is sometimes difficult. City centers in particular are difficult to grasp because they stand for many different urban functions. Generally, they are characterized as areas of high densities, such as employment, population or commerce, but also as areas of high structural densities. In past studies, various approaches, data and cut-off values have been presented to separate city centers from the surrounding transition zones in geographical information systems based on density values. To overcome the difficulty in defining the right density threshold, the current study presents an approach which integrates the subjective perception of citizens on the urban spatial structure and relate it to the floor area ratio to delineate city centers to infer a characteristic density threshold. In a large empirical study for 67 monocentric cities in Germany we observe a decreasing floor area ratio gradient towards the urban fringes. The result of the study reveals a relative threshold for city centers at around 30% of the density of the central place.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128596/
Document Type:Article
Title:Inferring floor area ratio thresholds for the delineation of city centers based on cognitive perception
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Wurm, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5967-1894UNSPECIFIED
Weigand, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5553-4152UNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, HannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-9126UNSPECIFIED
Date:21 August 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 265-279
Publisher:Sage Publications
Keywords:city center; cognitive perception; urban spatial structure; density; floor area ratio.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Wurm, Michael
Deposited On:05 Aug 2019 10:25
Last Modified:05 Dec 2023 10:09

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