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Measuring Compact Urban Form: A Case of Nagpur City, India
AbstractThe compact city concept is adopted in city planning policies of many developed countries for the following benefits: efficient use of land while curtailing sprawl, reduction in transport network and reliance on mass transport, a socially interactive environment with vibrancy of activities, economic viability, etc. However, it is still debated whether the cities in developing countries like India, which are already dense, will really benefit from the compact city form. Measuring urban form and compactness of these cities becomes more important for understanding the spatial urban structure to intervene accordingly for sustainable urban development. This paper explores various parameters and dimensions of measurement of compactness. Urban form characteristics and their indicators are derived for the study of Nagpur city, India. This study is an attempt to measure the urban form to derive the benefits of compactness. The study indicates that Nagpur city, inherently has a compact form, but may disperse in near future; and there is a need to implement policies to retain its compact character to achieve sustainable urban development.
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Kotharkar, R.; Bahadure, P.; Sarda, N. Measuring Compact Urban Form: A Case of Nagpur City, India. Sustainability 2014, 6, 4246-4272.View more citation formats
Kotharkar R, Bahadure P, Sarda N. Measuring Compact Urban Form: A Case of Nagpur City, India. Sustainability. 2014; 6(7):4246-4272.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kotharkar, Rajashree; Bahadure, Pankaj; Sarda, Neha. 2014. "Measuring Compact Urban Form: A Case of Nagpur City, India." Sustainability 6, no. 7: 4246-4272.