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Dutch Green Urbanism: Planned development and urban form in Almere New City, the Netherlands

Mirela Ileana Newman, University of Massachusetts Amherst


This dissertation is a geographical analysis of the Dutch Green Urbanism planning paradigm and its origin, evolution and spatial implementation in Almere New City, the most recently planned and built city in the Netherlands. This morphological study of planned development examines the essence of the Dutch metropolitan planning process in the latter half of the twentieth century and its influence on Almere's conceptual development that began in the late 1960s and actual spatial development that began in 1975. This study is set in the context of both international and national efforts to create “green urbanism”—a revised approach to urban planning that captures both the central and environmental dimensions of a more ecological and aesthetic planning process that emphasizes the important role of cities and positive urbanism in shaping more sustainable places, communities, and lifestyles. “Green Urbanism” is a term that was first used by Timothy Beatley (2000), and it builds upon a series of approaches to urban planning. This concept is applied throughout this dissertation and encapsulated in my urban morphological analysis of planned development and urban form in Almere New City, the Netherlands.

Subject Area

Geography|Urban planning|Area planning & development

Recommended Citation

Newman, Mirela Ileana, "Dutch Green Urbanism: Planned development and urban form in Almere New City, the Netherlands" (2003). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3078709.