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Seven city types representing morphologic configurations of cities across the globe

Taubenböck, Hannes and Debray, Henri and Qiu, Chunping and Schmitt, Michael and Wang, Yuanyuan and Zhu, Xiao Xiang (2020) Seven city types representing morphologic configurations of cities across the globe. Cities, 105, pp. 1-15. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102814. ISSN 0264-2751.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275120301347?via%3Dihub


What we understand by the simple term "city" is in fact describing highly diverse domains: different economies, demographics, ways of living, land uses, built-up morphologies, among other things. The built landscape alone ranges from low-density, one-storey suburban settlements to high-density accumulations of skyscrapers. Models have repeatedly attempted to describe these various ‘city’ manifestations and to understand the processes that shape these spatial appearances and patterns. In this paper we analyze the morphological-spatial configurations of urban landscapes. We empirically examine 110 cities distributed around the globe. By using the Local Climate Zones (LCZs) classification scheme, we quantitatively describe morphologic variances of the built landscape within cities. We find seven city types (clusters) that capture the global diversity of spatial urban configurations. These seven types testify in parts to common geographic-cultural spaces. Some are largely congruent with wellknown spatial units such as Europe or the Islamic world. In contrast to theoretical city models, however, we also find clusters that are more spatially complex such as African-American or Asian-African clusters. On the one hand, the study confirms that similar cultural, socio-economic, demographic or political conditions in fact do produce similar morphologic-spatial urban configurations. On the other hand, it also shows that there exist similar morphological configurations across geographic-cultural spaces.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135333/
Document Type:Article
Title:Seven city types representing morphologic configurations of cities across the globe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-9126
Debray, HenriHenri.Debray (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Qiu, ChunpingTechnical University MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Schmitt, Michaelm.schmitt (at) tum.deUNSPECIFIED
Wang, YuanyuanYuanyuan.Wang (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zhu, Xiao Xiangxiao.zhu (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Cities
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.cities.2020.102814
Page Range:pp. 1-15
Series Name:Elsevier
Keywords:City models Remote sensing Local Climate Zones Urban morphology Patterns Comparative urban research
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
Remote Sensing Technology Institute > EO Data Science
Deposited By: Taubenböck, Dr. Hannes
Deposited On:18 Jun 2020 14:35
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:53

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