Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Forms for Developing Countries

By Mike Jenks; Rod Burgess | Go to book overview

Kerstin Zillmann

Rethinking the Compact City:

Informal Urban Development in Caracas

Introduction

The compact city is often conceived of as having a specific urban form; the important dimensions of compactness are seen as high densities of buildings and mixed uses. The informal city of Caracas shows an unexpectedly compact urban form and a specific urban pattern. It is both densifying and consolidating as a result of the countless individual activities of its inhabitants, involved in a constant process of producing homes, urban space and the city.

This chapter discusses the process of consolidation and densification of two informal settlements, La Montañita and Julián Blanco, in Petare-Norte. 1 Both are the result of three decades of building and development, produced mainly by their inhabitants. The building strategies of the original settlers and their families are examined to illustrate how this dense urban pattern and the compact urban form of clustered building structures have evolved. 2 The positive and negative impact of the compact neighbourhood form on people’s lives is explored. The chapter questions how the future urban development of the consolidated parts of the so-called Ciudad de Barrios (City of the Barrios) 3 could be supported, and if the concept of a compact city is a viable option for attaining sustainable urban development.


Compact and informal cities?

According to Jenks et al. (1996, p. 5) the ‘vision of the compact city has been dominated by the model of the densely developed core of many historic European cities’, and has led to their interpretation as ideal places to live and experience the vitality and variety of urban life. Often, the compact city is imagined as an option for a more sustainable urban form—a city of mixed uses, short travel distances, with vivid public spaces and a vital urban society. Today, the compact city concept has been revitalised and promoted as an urban form and as a model for counteracting the urban sprawl of European cities.

The compact city concept developed in a European context where urban development has been controlled for most of the time, and managed by a formal

-193-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Forms for Developing Countries
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 356

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.