Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Landscape Planning/Design of Shrinking Landscapes

  • Dagmar HaaseEmail author
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject

When thinking about sustainability, it is mainly about how to keep intact nature and environmental resources for either future generations and/or, more in terms of environmental justice, for other parts of the world. Land use and spatial planning focus on how to minimize negative effects of urban and industrial growth. Set against this context, urban shrinkage represents a new challenge. This is true due to the fact that one has to deal with the opposite phenomenon of growth – population decline and accompanying processes of de-densification – which, unemotionally, also asks the same questions as even mentioned for growth: How could land use development be steered in order to ensure quality of life of the population under conditions of decline? How high-quality and sustainable urban livelihoods can be developed? Are there visions for sustainable shrinkage?

Resource consumption is a problem particularly in cities due to the concentration of population – that is...

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I would like to thank the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia for Sustainability Science and Technology, Robert A. Meyers, the Springer Editors, namely, Julia Körting, and my colleague Martin Volk for his useful comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyHumboldt University BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computational Landscape EcologyHelmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany