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The Classification of Urban Uses

School of Architecture, Neapolis University Pafos, 2 Danais Avenue, 8042 Paphos, Cyprus
School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki University Campus, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Academy of Athens, Panepistimiou 28, 10679 Athens, Greece
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Urban Sci. 2017, 1(3), 26;
Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 9 August 2017 / Accepted: 14 August 2017 / Published: 16 August 2017
The classification of uses is one of the central issues of urban planning, since it is only by referring to groups of uses that we can achieve the simplification and, ultimately, the understanding of urban space. However, contemporary planning theory has shown very little interest in a theoretical approach to this issue. The present paper addresses the issue by integrating it into the development of an analytical theory of urban uses which it calls urbanology. Specifically, the paper starts with the description of the basic concepts and processes of classification, which are then employed to produce a general theoretical classification of urban uses. Since the classification of uses is not only a question of theoretical importance, but directly related to applied planning, the paper concludes with the elaboration of a second, alternative classification which satisfies the needs of contemporary planning practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban use; land use; use class order; classification; taxonomy; typology urban use; land use; use class order; classification; taxonomy; typology
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Pissourios, I.A.; Lagopoulos, A.P. The Classification of Urban Uses. Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 26.

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