This title was first published in 2000. Encouraging, even requiring, higher density urban development is a major policy in the European Community and of Agenda 21, and a central principle of growth management programmes used by cities around the world. This work takes a critical look at a number of claims made by proponents of this initiative, seeking to answer whether indeed this strategy controls the spread of urban suburbs into open lands, is acceptable to residents, reduces trip lengths and encourages use of public transit, improves efficiency in providing urban infrastructure and services, and results in environmental improvements supporting higher quality of life in cities.

chapter 1|13 pages

Introduction - Compact cities and sustainable development

ByG. de Roo, D. Miller

part A|63 pages

The dilemmas of compact city development

chapter 2|14 pages

Urban consolidation and the benefits of intensification

ByM. Jenks, K. Williams, E. Burton

chapter 4|9 pages

Compact urban policies in Randstad Holland

ByM. Dijst

chapter 5|12 pages

Towards an evaluation methodology for urban concepts

ByD.M.E.G.W. Snellen, A.W.J. Borgers, H.J.P. Timmermans

chapter 6|13 pages

The contribution of conservation areas to urban sustainability

ByJ. Lynch, J. Doak

part B|46 pages

Problems in renewing and reusing sites to increase densities

chapter 7|10 pages

Urban regeneration in districts built in the 1950s

ByD.J. Tijl, M.W.G. van Diggelen

chapter 8|8 pages

Sustainable inner city renewal

ByH. Hinsley

chapter 9|12 pages

Soil sanitation: The link with urban planning

ByH. Hofstra

part C|54 pages

Measuring environmental quality perceptions

part D|48 pages

Citizen participation strategies and methods

part E|33 pages

Impacts of automobile dependency in compact cities

part F|26 pages

Strategies for reducing traffic impacts in compact cities

chapter 21|5 pages

The Leeds transport strategy

ByB. Walker, J. Wallis

chapter 23|12 pages

Heavy vehicles in the compact city: A combined advanced information/land use system

ByG. Dobilas, R.M. Soberman, A. Waterhouse