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Urban sprawl has become, today, the topic theme of the speech for anyone who wantsto debate the problem of urban groth; a problem on which disciplinary, political andinstitutional interest has been concerning for long.This interest mostly corresponds with the statistics (EEA, 2006) whichconfirm that: 75 percent of European people live in urban areas; more than a quarterof European territory is urbanized and, responding to many realistic valutations, in2020 approximately 80 percent of European people will be living in urban areas.It’s a long, still open range of investigation where this tesis has been placedon, purely occurring in response to the consciousness that knowledge, in urbanism, isa planning and cognitive action at the same time. Therefore, the research deals withthe “sprawl problems” within a metropolitan urban ambit, giving answer all thefollowing questions: What is sprawl settlement and, above all, how does it deal with territorial ambit? Is it to consider as a new periphery, or, merely, as a sort ofurbanization plan resulting from a limited urbanistic praxis turned to be a pure,building license regularization? Moreover, what kind of instruments and actionstrategies should have to be provided in order to really answer all the questionsabout settlement sprawl using within the metropolitan context?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1-96
Number of pages96
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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