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The geometry of slums: boundaries, packing and diversity

Sobreira, Fabiano; Gomes, Marcelo; (2001) The geometry of slums: boundaries, packing and diversity. (CASA Working Papers 30). Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The geometry of squatter settlements on the northeastern coast of Brazil is examined and compared to settlements in the central region of Kenya. In particular, fragmented structures, often squatter settlements composed of islands of dwelling or �habitations� in these settlements, and void areas which are unoccupied regions between dwellings, are studied. We find that such settlements, when constrained by urban and natural boundaries, present robust configurational patterns, which we can express best by statistical distributions with the scaling properties. Such scaling properties, when considered in the context of urban planning, can be useful for describing and predicting the spatial and social parameters of such squatter settlements. Several scaling functions and other mathematical formulae, which are of interest in planning, are also derived and discussed.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The geometry of slums: boundaries, packing and diversity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/working_papers/paper30.p...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/272
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