Urban Sprawl promoted through Master Planning

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The urban sprawl phenomenon has been raise in the last three decades. At the same time all municipalities in Portugal have adopt the methodology of the master planning to program the transformation of land use. In consequence of this process the well-being in cities have decreased and the life quality of population is dreadful so is urgent the promotion of a new process to planning the transformation of existing urban areas and program new areas. The aim of this article is the proposal of a new process to be adopted to master planning. The operative process to territorial planning intends to promote the principles of sustainable development. This sustainable principles are the support the definition of objectives and strategies were carried out to the conception phase of the planning proposal by criteria based in the operability of the process. It is evident that the relevant factors in the new process include the promotion of the public participation from the beginning of the conception planning phase. With the new process is possible to understand that are a critical aspect related with the great amount of data to collect and this condition may show the risk of loss of same objectivity in case an efficient coordination of the process does not occur. The possibility for realize simulations that incorporate a wider range of scales and interdependencies from open spaces to buildings and to the level of the entire city is one advantage of the new process. The capacity to evaluate and predict the impacts of planning actions and the changes over time is a important output to the sustainable development. These process incorporate a long number of parameters and either focus on the environmental, social and economic performance of the urban areas, neglecting the interdependencies of work at the scale of a local, municipality zones or metropolitan region by using a grid with a scale compiling whole issues of a city. Only through a new urban planning process it is possible to walk in the path the Sustainable
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Sustainable Building Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
EventSB11 - World Sustainable Building Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceSB11 - World Sustainable Building Conference
Period1/01/11 → …

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