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Density, sprawl and sustainable urban development: perspectives from the Asian and Pacific region


This chapter explores the role density plays in achieving more sustainable, inclusive, safe and resilient cities by reflecting on trends and patterns in the Asian and Pacific region. Specifically it examines these trends in relation to benefits and costs of urban density and sprawl and their policy consequences. The insights shared in this chapter are part of the renewed efforts towards sustainable cities in support of sustainable development, and a revitalized agenda for cities and urban planning priorities. The latter are laid out through Goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ‘New Urban Agenda’, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, held in Quito in October 2016.