Solly Angel: Compact City Agenda
NYU Urban Seminar
40 Washington Square South
Solly Angel led a discussion titled "Decomposing the Compact City Agenda and Subjecting it to Measurement."
The compactness of cities can be decomposed into a set of seven discrete attributes. These attributes are all subject to powerful forces that give shape to cities, and making cities more compact along each one of these seven attributes has important, and often quite complex, policy implications. These seven attributes can be measured by seven core indices, indices that can now be estimated in a rigorous and comparable manner for all cities using freely available satellite imagery. Arithmetic products of several of these indices form summary indices, such as shape roundness, overall density, and physical compactness that can be used to compare the compactness of cities across the globe. They can also be used to measure global progress towards more compact cities, to test a series of statistical hypotheses focused on the determinants and consequences of the compactness of cities, and to advance our understanding of the relevance of theCompact City Agenda to the global economic development, inclusiveness, and sustainability agendas.
The NYU Urban Seminar is co-hosted by the Marron Institute and the Furman Center.