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Layer 3: Infrastructure

3.00. Land Use

How is land being used? Available information likely comes from local government bodies in charge of urban planning or zoning. Classifications typically include options like Residential, Industry, Agriculture, etc. Ideally this information is available in a shapefile format. Reports or images that instead describe or visualise the land use can alternatively be used.

There are various different classification standards out there when it comes to land use reporting. This presentation provides a good overview. We have not yet defined a standard for reporting in Metabolism of Cities and are likely depending on the available local classifications, so for now aim to collect whatever information is out there and once we have taken stock of the various classifications we may decide to try and standardise this or not.


Title Type Author(s) Year
Interactive map of Paris Map PLU- Plan Local d'Urbanisme Mairie de Paris 2020 Add image
PLU Zonage Shapefile APUR 2020 Add image
Paris et son PLU Report Mairie de Paris 2020 Add image
Land zones of Paris Map APUR 2015 Add image
The urban planning of french cities and the challenge of sustainable town planning: improvement and limits Journal Article Prevost et al. 2012 Add image

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Discussion and questions

Hi Paul,
Could you please have a look at this map and let me know how to upload it? Can it be uploaded?

Thank you :)

Hi Sharon,
We actually spoke about this very same kind of system yesterday in Spanish class. Basically: you can upload this as a type = map. Add the URL and explain in the description that this is a live, browsable map. Important to take into account:

  • These systems always have shapefiles behind them. Whether or not you can download them depends on whoever runs the website. So look around to see if there is a download option. And consider writing them to ask, if you don't see it.

  • There are often MANY different layers. It's important that you go through the various layers and make it clear in your description which layers in the mapping site are useful to what layer in our system, so that whoever processes this has a good idea of what's there.

Looks like an interesting map, great find!

Thanks Paul!

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