Understanding the whole city as landscape. A multivariate approach to urban landscape morphology

  • Richard Stiles Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Beatrix Gasienica‐Wawrytko Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Katrin Hagen Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Heidelinde Trimmel Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Wolfgang Loibl AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Tanja Tötzer AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Mario Köstl AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Stephan Pauleit Technische Universität München, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
  • Annike Schirmann Technische Universität München, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
  • Wolfgang Feilmayr Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning

Abstract

The European Landscape Convention implies a requirement for signatory states to identify their urban landscapes which goes beyond the traditional focus on individual parks and green spaces and the links between them. Landscape ecological approaches can provide a useful model for identifying urban landscape types across a whole territory, but the variables relevant for urban landscapes are very different to those usually addressing rural areas. This paper presents an approach to classifying the urban landscape of Vienna that was developed in a research project funded by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology: ‘Urban Fabric and Microclimate Response’. Nine landscape types and a number of sub-types were defined, using a multivariate statistical approach which takes account of both morphological and urban climate related variables. Although the variables were selected to objectively reflect the factors that could best represent the urban climatic characteristics of the urban landscape, the results also provided a widely plausible representation of the structure of the city’s landscapes. Selected examples of the landscape types that were defined in this way were used both to simulate current microclimatic conditions and also to model the effects of possible climatic amelioration measures. Finally the paper looks forward to developing a more general-purpose urban landscape typology that allows investigating a much broader complex of urban landscape functions.

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How to Cite
STILES, Richard et al. Understanding the whole city as landscape. A multivariate approach to urban landscape morphology. SPOOL, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 401-418, may 2014. ISSN 2215-0900. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/spool/article/view/642>. Date accessed: 23 feb. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2014.1.642.

Keywords

urban landscape; urban morphology; landscape classification; urban landscape typology; multivariate statistics

Published
2014-05-24