Urban Grammar

Measuring (even) better the Urban-Rural continuum

The Future of Cities policy briefs
Dani Arribas-Bel
Martin Fleischmann

Urban-Rural Continuum

The importance of getting measurement right

  • MAUP
  • Urban and rural are “in the eyes of the beholder”
  • More granularity, more (not just better) insight

Measuring the Urban-Rural Continuum


The following is not criticism (but endorsement) of the (principle behind the) Degree of Urbanisation (DEGURBA)

Science Fiction

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Source: Sentinel-2 cloudless

Wild countryside (320x320m)

Urbanity (320x320m)

Predicted class (320x320m)

Building Spatial Signatures

[STAGE] Delimiters Enclosure Anchors Encl. Tess. Characters Clusters Signatures
Enclosed Tessellation
Embedding form & function
Spatial Signatures