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What Is Urban after All? A Critical Review of Measuring and Mapping Urban Typologies in Portugal

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CIAUD, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade de Lisboa, Rua Sá Nogueira, Polo Universitário, Alto da Ajuda, 1349-055 Lisboa, Portugal
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Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Algarve, Praça da Liberdade, 2, 8000-164 Faro, Portugal
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CICS.NOVA Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA-FCSH), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(11), 630; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110630
Received: 5 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 26 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measuring, Mapping, Modeling, and Visualization of Cities)
The concept of urban area is complex and has been discussed for many years by several authors and organisations through different perspectives and methodological approaches. For administrative and comparison purposes statistical institutions, both at the national and international levels, classify territories according to a certain degree of urbanisation defining typologies from which indicators and certain public policies are applied. The purpose of this study is to discuss the relevance and suitability of different urban typologies. Through mapping and measuring the data of official documents, the urban dimension of Mainland Portuguese territory is discussed and its usefulness concerning the allocation of resources for promoting territorial cohesion is stressed. Results show the inadequacy of these classifications to inform planning actions, decision making, and to promote territorial policies. It also provides evidence of inaccuracies that distort the reading of the territorial reality of the case study. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban typologies; degree of urbanisation; parish classification; urban areas; urban mapping; urban measurement urban typologies; degree of urbanisation; parish classification; urban areas; urban mapping; urban measurement
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Henriques, C.; Domingues, A.; Pereira, M. What Is Urban after All? A Critical Review of Measuring and Mapping Urban Typologies in Portugal. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 630. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110630

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Henriques C, Domingues A, Pereira M. What Is Urban after All? A Critical Review of Measuring and Mapping Urban Typologies in Portugal. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(11):630. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110630

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Henriques, Cristina, Alexandre Domingues, and Margarida Pereira. 2020. "What Is Urban after All? A Critical Review of Measuring and Mapping Urban Typologies in Portugal" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 11: 630. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110630

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