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Sprinkling: An Approach to Describe Urbanization Dynamics in Italy

Bernardino Romano (), Francesco Zullo (), Lorena Fiorini (), Serena Ciabò () and Alessandro Marucci ()
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Bernardino Romano: University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Francesco Zullo: University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Lorena Fiorini: University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Serena Ciabò: University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Alessandro Marucci: University of L’Aquila, DICEAA, Via G. Gronchi, 18-67100 L’Aquila, Italy

Sustainability, 2017, vol. 9, issue 1, 1-17

Abstract: This paper presents research which has defined a new typology of urban patterns (sprinkling), different from the internationally recognized standard urban sprawl, as well as various indicators that have been implemented to measure sprinkling. It is important to highlight that the damage caused to the environment and communities by urban sprinkling is much more serious and irreversible than that notoriously caused by urban sprawl. The paper introduces the difficult methodological and planning aspects of retrofitting (de-sprinkling), a true challenge for land management. We argue that even partial inversion of many negative effects is impossible in the short term. Only medium- to long-term, organized, and politically coordinated programs can tackle the various issues associated with sprinkling.

Keywords: land take; urban–rural pattern; urban sprinkling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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