MODELLING LAND USE ACTIVITY AND URBAN SPATIAL STRUCTURE

Over the last two decades, the major land use modelling attempts have been made principally by engineers engaged in transportation planning studies using empirically based simulation models. At the same time, however, economic theories of location and urban spatial structure have been developed by urban economists. Both kinds of models have improved our understanding of the urban development processes, but both are, at the same time, severely deficient in a number of important aspects. Unfortunately, these two model building traditions have also developed with relatively little cross-fertilisation. This paper will: (A) trace briefly the developments in modelling of the housing and transportation markets, (B) critically examine these two basic approaches to land use modelling, drawing conclusions regarding the feedback between existing models and theories, and (C) discuss the need to consolidate, redirect and significantly expand these separate efforts. The paper concludes that the "economic" models of the urban-spatial market offer the greatest potential for useful insights into the structure and workings of the housing and transportation markets. /Author/TRRL/

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 206-233
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0 909996 709
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM