Workshop on Urban Sprawl (Pre-Conference Workshop)

Empirical Results on the characteristics of Urban Sprawl

3 December 2019, Paris, France, in conjunction with ILUS: International Land Use Symposium 2019

The workshop will take place at Université Paris Diderot.
The lecture room for the workshop is the room 454A, in the Condorcet building, 4th floor.
The lecture room adress is: 4 rue Elsa Morante, 75205 Paris cedex 13.

The Condorcet Building is in the University Paris Diderot campus, directly in front of the Buffon amphitheatre. You can easely located it using the link (it's the building (3)).

The number of participants amounts to approx. 20 to 30 experts. The workshop will start at 09:00 am.
After several introductory lectures about empirical finding of urban sprawl in the morning we will have lunch at the Mensa (lunch at one's own expense). After lunch we will continue the workshop with an open discussion round on political, legal, planning and economic aspects of urban sprawl (from 01:00 – 04:30 pm).


In general terms, urban sprawl denotes dispersed urban expansion at low density, or 'the uncontrolled spread of towns and villages into undeveloped areas' (EEA - European Environment Agency and FOEN - Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, 2016). Various more specific definitions of urban sprawl have been proposed in the literature.

The confusing diversity of definitions can pose a challenge to the quantification of urban sprawl. Existing methods for measuring urban sprawl can be grouped in terms of complexity: (1) Use of many variables in parallel, (2) integration of many variables, (3) measures based on one or a few variables. Due to the recent availability of more consistent digital land-cover and land-use data at higher resolution at the global, continental and national scale than ever before, these data offer new opportunities for measuring urban sprawl at higher spatial and thematic resolution and allowing for temporal comparisons.

The aim of the workshop on urban sprawl is to place the empirical results on the characteristics of Urban Sprawl into the planning, legal and economic context. The following questions guide the discussion: Which influential factors explain specific forms of Urban Sprawl? Which govermental measures and regulatory patterns are related to Urban Sprawl trends? How effective are the planning instruments to limit Urban Sprawl? Is Urban Sprawl not considered to be a big enough problem or is it smaller than expected in reality?

Potential Speakers

The Speakers will be announced soon.

If you are interested in the Pre-Conference Workshop on Urban Sprawl and would like to participate, please contact the persons listed below by email.

Dr. Martin Behnisch
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)
Weberplatz1, 01217 Dresden, Germany
Email: m.behnisch[...]

Prof. Dr. Jochen A.G. Jaeger,
Concordia University Montréal, Dept. of Geography, Planning and Environment
S-H 1255-29, Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Email: jochen.jaeger[...]

Co-Organizer 2019

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Energies de Demain (LIED, University of Paris Diderot)
Pole Image (University of Paris Diderot
Institut National de l’Information Géographique et Forestière (IGN, Saint-Mandé)
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