Richard T.T. Forman
Cambridge University Press | 0521670764 | 2008 | PDF | 432 pages | 14 Mb

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With land planning, socioeconomics and natural systems as foundations, this book combines urban planning and ecological science in examining urban regions. Writing for graduate students, academic researchers, planners, conservationists and policy makers, and with the use of informative urban-region color maps, Richard Forman analyzes 38 urban regions from 32 nations, including London, Chicago, Ottawa, Brasilia, Cairo, Seoul, Bangkok, Canberra, and a major case study of the Greater Barcelona region.

Alternative patterns of urbanization spread (including sprawl) are evaluated from the perspective of nature and people, stating land-use principles extracted from landscape ecology, transportation and hydrology. Good, bad and interesting spatial patterns for creating sustainable land mosaics are pinpointed, and urban regions are considered in broader contexts, from climate change to biodiversity loss, disasters and sense of place.


1 Regions and land mosaics 1

2 Planning land 27

3 Economic dimensions and socio-cultural patterns 51

4 Natural systems and greenspaces 80

5 Thirty-eight urban regions 113

6 Nature, food, and water 138

7 Built systems, built areas, and whole regions 164

8 Urbanization models and the regions 198

9 Basic principles for molding land mosaics 223

10 The Barcelona Region’s land mosaic 243

11 Gathering the pieces 282

12 Big pictures 315


'It should certainly inform practice around the world over the coming years and help to construct the intellectual arguments for much more effective big urban region planning, with much more intelligent ecological consciousness.'

'... an important contribution to the critically important debate about the future planning management of world cities at a time when their population will increase by 2 billion over the next 20 years. ... a timely ... attempt to demonstrate the significance of a spatial and ecological context to solving the problems that lie ahead.' Biologist

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