chapter  8
15 Pages

Density, compact urban form and sustainability in the Netherlands

ByJEROEN MENSINK AND FRANK VAN DER HOEVEN

The Netherlands has a long tradition of planning compact urbanization. In view of this, how effective have the Dutch government’s policies been in relation to sustainable urban development, particularly in the Randstad region of the Netherlands? Have sustainability goals actually been met? We conducted a comparative analysis of post-war planning periods in order to demonstrate how the aim of preserving open landscapes has affected the shape and form of urban areas in the Netherlands.