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Decomposition of density into their components: Analysis for the case of Japan

Delgado Narro, Augusto Ricardo and Katafuchi, Yuya (2020): Decomposition of density into their components: Analysis for the case of Japan.

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Abstract

The concept of density has been changing through the time; originally, it has the simple definition of the total population divided by the area of analysis. However, the division of cities into residential and commercial areas, the increasing in the number of tall buildings, and the necessity of creating public spaces inside cities created the necessity of refine the original concept of density. This paper decomposes the concept of density into six indicators across the Japanese municipalities in order to explore the real characteristics of them under a more detailed analysis. We showed that, for example, some cities have high density but not due to be a crowded city; instead those cities have reduced residential areas or the average height of buildings are not as tall as other areas.

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