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Issue 3.1

Principles for Minimizing Global Land Impacts of Urbanization

Over the past half century, the global urban population has undergone unprecedented change, increasing from one billion to over four billion people. Major land transformations have taken place to accommodate (i.e., house, educate, employ, serve, and facilitate) this growing urban population. Urbanization has resulted in an expansion of urban areas through a direct conversion of farmland, forests, deserts, waterways, and other land systems for the development of the built environment…

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