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Urban Form and Environmental Performance

In 1968, Mumford stated that 'Nobody can be satisfied with the form of the city today' (p.108). Such statements, through to the contemporary, widening debate in the US (Gordon and Richardson, 1997), UK (Jenks et ai., 1996), and the Netherlands (Dieleman, 1997) concerning what constitutes desirable urban form call for more objective assessments of the performance of cities in relation to the organisation ofland uses (different mixes and densities) and transport systems (modes and ownership). These assessments can be pursued via studies which draw upon empirical evidence from contrasting cities (or sections of cities), or from studies which model alternative land use/transport configurations for evidence of variability in performance or outcome.