Densification radar
Potentials for regional settlement development.

The Wüest Partner densification radar localises and quantifies potentials for increasing spatial utilisation density (population and employment density) at the local level. The calculated densification potentials are derived through a comparison of empirical data on current utilisation levels with modelled values. The potentials are both calculated and presented for the area of Switzerland that is declared as building zone.

Desification radar

A basis for systematic analyses

In combination with other Wüest Partner location and market data, the densification radar offers an interesting base for systematic analyses – for example potential analyses of municipalities and regions for the public sector or economic development agencies.

Individual studies can be carried out at two levels:

  • Level 1: socio-demographic, grid-based approach
  • Level 2: structural, parcel-specific approach

The perimeter for a study can be chosen individually from:

  • small areas/sites
  • city quarters/districts
  • municipalities/regions

The calculation assumptions

The modelled target values are dependent on the following parameters:

  • Average utilisation rates for certain types of municipalities and zones. It is thereby differentiated between twelve municipality types, and the harmonised building zones of the Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE (2012) are used.
  • Micro location characteristics: Slope gradient and public transport quality.

Using typical indicators for the space consumption per inhabitant or per employee, specific model densities per hectare are calculated. Current spatial densities are calculated based on 2013 population figures and the number of employees in 2011.