Metropolitan Landscape: Definition, Mapping, and Governance

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This chapter revisits the most significant international definitions of the metropolitan landscape. It shows methods of mapping and measuring the metropolitan landscape, most of them developed at TU Delft. Additionally, it discusses one of the tools that can be used to develop the metropolitan landscape and reflect on its qualities and challenges: the Community of Practice (CoP). The organisation and some of the outcomes of a Dutch CoP for metropolitan landscape development (coordinated by the Deltametropolis Association 2016-2023) are highlighted. The chapter draws conclusions on metropolitan landscape challenges and sets an agenda for spatial planning and research in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching, Learning & Researching Spatial Planning
EditorsRoberto Rocco, Gregory Bracken, Caroline Newton, Marcin Dabrowski
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft OPEN Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-94-6366-604-6
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • metropolitan landscape
  • spatial planning
  • quality of life
  • catrography
  • community of practice


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