Presentation Title

Effective Policies to Ensure Healthy Urban Sprawl

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

24-3-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

24-3-2018 11:45 AM

Abstract

Urban sprawl can be described as a natural response to modern technologies and changing lifestyles. It has been stimulated in part by the general perception that sees rural areas as idyllic, by an overall increase in household wealth, and by the accessibility to the central city that massive public investments in road construction have afforded suburban residents. Sprawl, however, comes at a price for urban populations and for the physical environment, and it is vital to develop policies and follow planning practices that lead to more sustainable forms of urban development. Case studies on major urban centers will assist me in critically examining the consequences of urban sprawl on the environment, on quality of life and on public infrastructure. Over the last 70 years, Vancouver and Seattle show examples of both effective and deficient policies and planning practices. New, innovative urban policies and planning practices proposed to alleviate the negative impact of sprawl are reviewed.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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Mar 24th, 11:30 AM Mar 24th, 11:45 AM

Effective Policies to Ensure Healthy Urban Sprawl

IB 1020

Urban sprawl can be described as a natural response to modern technologies and changing lifestyles. It has been stimulated in part by the general perception that sees rural areas as idyllic, by an overall increase in household wealth, and by the accessibility to the central city that massive public investments in road construction have afforded suburban residents. Sprawl, however, comes at a price for urban populations and for the physical environment, and it is vital to develop policies and follow planning practices that lead to more sustainable forms of urban development. Case studies on major urban centers will assist me in critically examining the consequences of urban sprawl on the environment, on quality of life and on public infrastructure. Over the last 70 years, Vancouver and Seattle show examples of both effective and deficient policies and planning practices. New, innovative urban policies and planning practices proposed to alleviate the negative impact of sprawl are reviewed.