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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 97;

Sprinkling: An Approach to Describe Urbanization Dynamics in Italy

University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Academic Editors: Federico Martellozzo and Beniamino Murgante
Received: 19 November 2016 / Revised: 4 January 2017 / Accepted: 5 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
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This paper presents research which has defined a new typology of urban patterns (sprinkling), different from the internationally recognized standard urban sprawl, as well as various indicators that have been implemented to measure sprinkling. It is important to highlight that the damage caused to the environment and communities by urban sprinkling is much more serious and irreversible than that notoriously caused by urban sprawl. The paper introduces the difficult methodological and planning aspects of retrofitting (de-sprinkling), a true challenge for land management. We argue that even partial inversion of many negative effects is impossible in the short term. Only medium- to long-term, organized, and politically coordinated programs can tackle the various issues associated with sprinkling. View Full-Text
Keywords: land take; urban–rural pattern; urban sprinkling land take; urban–rural pattern; urban sprinkling

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Romano, B.; Zullo, F.; Fiorini, L.; Ciabò, S.; Marucci, A. Sprinkling: An Approach to Describe Urbanization Dynamics in Italy. Sustainability 2017, 9, 97.

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