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Regional Planning

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Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.)

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Urban form, LEED-ND, smart growth, policy assessment


In recent years there have been many advances in the measurement of urban form. However, there is often a gap between the quantitative and qualitative approach, which can prevent useful policy application- scholars and policy makers often do not speak a similar language. This thesis seeks to answer whether LEED for Neighborhood Development can bridge the gap between the quantitative and qualitative and therefore serve as a useful policy metric for assessing urban form. Does it accurately capture an areas spatial structure and more importantly, is it policy relevant?


First Advisor

Elisabeth M. Hamin

Second Advisor

Henry C. Renski