Kjell Nilsson*, Stephan Pauleit, Simon Bell, Carmen Aalbers, Thomas S. Nielsen

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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Abstract / Description of output

A spectre is haunting Europe. The name of the spectre is not communism (Engels and Marx 1848) but urban sprawl, a phenomenon which has little to do with communism, but the metaphor of describing urban sprawl as a spectre is not new, especially in the United States where sprawl is endemic and there is a widespread concern over its environmental and public impact (Schmidt 1998). Urban sprawl can be defined as the low-density expansion or leapfrog development of large urban areas into the surrounding rural land. Several definitions also include the fact that the development takes place without systematic regional land use planning and control (e.g. EEA 2006; Reckien and Karecha 2007).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeri-Urban Futures
Subtitle of host publicationScenarios and Models for Land use Change in Europe
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783642305290
ISBN (Print)3642305288, 9783642305283
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


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