In this issue TheCityPlan section looks at Vienna, the Austrian capital.
A city-state with around 1,800,000 inhabitants, Vienna is unanimously considered one of the European cities with the highest quality of life.
As usual, we examine our subject with the aid of five density maps to get a contemporary reading of the city. Developed from GIS data readily available on the Internet - highlighted by us to facilitate interpretation - the five maps give easy-to-read snapshots of population density, natural contours, service provision, public transport and natural greenery.
When overlaid on the reference population-density map, the other maps show a substantially compact city structure surrounded by equally compact outlying areas with no evidence of ragged urban sprawl.
The geographical contour map shows Vienna to lie on mainly flat land, bounded by...