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Sustainable Spatial Development

Sustainable Urban Spatial Structures (1993- 1998)

In a project partly supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft a computer simulation model of urban land use and transport development was applied to forecast the impacts of policies to reduce the number of car trips and transport-related emissions of CO2 in the metropolitan region of Dortmund by transport demand management. Two groups of scenarios were simulated: scenarios in which transport planning policies were applied and scenarios in which land use policies were applied. It was shown that a combination of policies to increase the cost of car travel and to improve the quality of public transport would result in a significant reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions of urban transport without causing unacceptable losses of mobility or increasing social disparities. Policies to influence the settlement structure without changing the economic framework of mobility would, in comparison, have only minor impacts.

A Summary of Sustainable Urban Spatial Structures can be found here.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wegener

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