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Making Room for a Planet of Cities

Shlomo Angel, with Jason Parent, Daniel L. Civco, and Alejandro M. Blei

January 2011, English

This report—the precursor to Planet of Cities—provides policy makers and planners with a conceptual framework for understanding urban expansion and provides research-based suggestions for how to prepare for the sustainable growth of cities in the coming decades.

The data, images, metrics, and methodology from Making Room for a Planet of Cities are available in an accompanying subcenter, the Atlas of Urban Expansion.

About the Authors

Shlomo (Solly) Angel is adjunct professor of urban planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of New York University, and a lecturer in public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Jason Parent is a doctoral candidate and GIS specialist at the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment of the University of Connecticut..

Daniel L. Civco is professor of geomatics at the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) in the Department of Natural Resources of the University of Connecticut.

Alejandro M. Blei is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Urban Planning and Policy of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a transportation analyst at Pace Suburban Bus, a transit agency serving metropolitan Chicago.


Conservation, Development, Economic Development, Environment, Environmental Management, Environmental Planning, GIS, Globalization, Growth Controls, Growth Management, Housing, Land Market Monitoring, Land Monitoring, Land Reform, Land Use, Land Use Ethics, Land Use Planning, Land Value, Open Space, Planning, Reuse of Urban Land, Smart Growth, Spatial Order, Suburban, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Urban, Urban Design, Urban Development, Urban Revitalization, Urban Sprawl, Urban Upgrading and Regularization, Urbanism