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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1852;

Urban Growth Control DSS Techniques for De-Sprinkling Process in Italy

University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 12 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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This article relates to the concept of urban expansion reduction in limited areas, called “de-sprinkling districts”, and methods of designation of their range, as well as modelling and management of their network. This concept was developed from research concluded in 2016, referring to 50 years of urban evolution in Italy, that investigated and diagnosed the forms of urban growth focusing on the Italian model. For this model, the authors of this paper proposed an alternative definition (urban sprinkling) with respect to the sprawl international standard. Certainly this urban model established in Italy during the mentioned years is due to an inefficient control of peripheral areas and new conurbations’ development, both in forms and functions. The cause is to be searched for in the importance given to single towns’ general plans and the minor role of strategic planning (province and region). The political and social assumption that urban development according to the extreme sprinkling model is no longer feasible is gaining ground. However, implementing de-sprinkling processes will not be easy. In this paper, criteria to create a decision support system (DSS) for administrators and municipalities is illustrated. These criteria aim at dealing, technically and politically, with sprinkling and planning medium-term containment. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban sprinkling; land take; urban–rural pattern urban sprinkling; land take; urban–rural pattern

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Romano, B.; Fiorini, L.; Zullo, F.; Marucci, A. Urban Growth Control DSS Techniques for De-Sprinkling Process in Italy. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1852.

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