Vol. 8 No. 1 (2017)
Research Article


Published 2017-01-01


  • Expansion,
  • sustainability,
  • urban development,
  • densification,
  • urban model

How to Cite

González, María Jesús González. 2017. “PLANNING, URBAN SPRAWL AND SPATIAL THINKING”. European Journal of Geography 8 (1). https://www.eurogeojournal.eu/index.php/egj/article/view/276.


The main goal is a reflection on the urban model (urban sprawl). We analyze the most
desirable and feasible development model. From the perspective of some commentators,
planning is merely a set of relatively narrow regulatory functions concerning the use and
development of land. For others however, planning is a much broader creative activity,
starting by developing and delivering visions for places, often captured in the term ‘spatial
planning’. The methodology of spatial planning goes beyond traditional land use planning
and seeks to integrate policies for the development and use of land into other policies and
programmes which influence the nature of places and how they function. Therefore the result
of spatial thinking is the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to use spatial concepts, maps
and graphs, and processes of reasoning in order to organize and solve problems.


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