Working group

Urban form, dynamics and function


Urban form comprises of all parameters that describe the form of urban and peri-urban landscapes (e.g. compact, disperse). The working group

  1. Detects and analyses urban form and their dynamics over time,
  2. Simulates the development of urban landscapes and their form and
  3. Analyses the effects of urban form on selected urban ecosystem functions and services.

The methods are quantitative and encompass statistical approaches, agent-based simulation, and remote sensing (e.g. landscape metrics). These research questions are mainly analysed for European case studies.


Dr. Nina Schwarz

Dagmar Bankamp

Dr. Carsten Buchmann

Cheng Guo

Madhumitha Jaganmohan

Veronika Razykova

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Haase (Guest)

Publications (selection)

Schwarz, N. (2010): Urban form revisited – Selecting indicators for characterising European cities. Landscape and Urban Planning 96(1), 29-47. (doi)

Schwarz, N., Bauer, A. & Haase, D. (2011): Assessing climate impacts of planning policies-An estimation for the urban region of Leipzig (Germany). Environmental Impact Assessment Review 31(2), 97-111. (doi)

Schwarz, N., Haase, D. & Seppelt, R. (2010): Omnipresent sprawl? A review of urban simulation models with respect to urban shrinkage. Environment & Planning B 37(2), 265-283 (doi)


• Humboldt-Universität Berlin: Institut of Geography

• University Leipzig: Institute for Infrastructure and Resource Management

• Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

• Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel: Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources

• Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS)

• Büro für Urbane Projekte, Leipzig

Products (data, methods, tools, models, software)