Metropolitan Form Analysis toolbox for ArcGIS

In 2012, the City Form Lab presented a paper at the Urban Affairs Conference in San Francisco on metrics that can be used to describe spatial growth and change in metropolitan form. The paper proposed seven fundamental metrics that describe the spatial footprint and land-use pattern of a city:

  • Coverage
  • Polycentricity
  • Compactness
  • Discontiguity
  • Expandability
  • Land- Use Mix
A detailed discussion of how the metrics are specified and what they describe can be found in the paper as well a preceding World Bank report

Reza Amindarbari, who worked on the project and is now a PhD Candidate at the North Carolina State University has since developed an ArcGIS toolbox that automates the specification of each of the metrics. We are releasing the toolbox in a free and open source format for all interested users under the License of Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.

Download the tools on the right, along with sample datasets. The videos below explain each of the functions step by step. Find more details about the technical specification of the different metrics in the help documentation.