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New article reviewing densification effects and planning motivations

Meta Berghauser Pont has published a new article addressing the question: Do higher urban densities contribute to more sustainable cities and communities? This paper examines the effectiveness of higher density (as a means) for achieving sustainable urban development (the goal) following three lines of enquiry: a systematic review of the effects of urban density; a systematic review of motivations in Swedish planning practices; and these two studies are compared to find matches and mismatches between evidence and practice.

You can read the full article here:

Berghauser Pont, M., Haupt, P., Berg, P., Alstäde, V., & Heyman, A. (2021). "Systematic review and comparison of densification effects and planning motivations". Buildings and Cities, 2(1), 378–401. DOI:


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