Searching for the polycentric city: A spatio-temporal analysis of Dutch urban morphology

Eric Koomen, Fernando Bação

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Abstract

A new methodology is presented that describes the density of urban systems. By combining highly detailed height measurements with amongst others topographical data we are able to quantify the urban volume. This new approach is tested in two separate case-studies that respectively relate to the temporal and spatial dimension of the urban environment. In the first study the growth of the city of Amsterdam over the past century is studied. The urban volume indicator is used to visualise and quantify the urban extension and intensification process. To critically analyse the spatio-temporal development of Amsterdam the self-organizing map approach is applied. Special attention is given to highlighting any signs of recent polynuclear development. The second case-study compares the spatial distribution of high-density zones of the four major Dutch cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 8th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science
Subtitle of host publicationAGILE 2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event8th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2005 - Estoril, Portugal
Duration: 26 May 200528 May 2005

Conference

Conference8th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2005
CountryPortugal
CityEstoril
Period26/05/0528/05/05

Keywords

  • Density
  • Indicator
  • Self-organizing maps
  • Urban morphology
  • Urban volume

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