The types of buildings or other features that are found in an area, e.g. terraced housing, banks, industrial estates, roads, parks.
What does the term “function” mean?
The purpose of an area, e.g. for residential use, recreation or shopping.
Predicting how land use changes in an urban area
In every town and city land use varies from one area to the next. In some areas, shops and offices dominate, others are used for housing, industry or recreation.
In Britain, we can predict what land use will be found in different areas of cities just by looking at a map. This is because cities such as Birmingham or Manchester have often grown in a very similar way.
Urban land use models A model is a simplified version of reality. These diagrams show the land use patterns that you might expect to find in a city in an MEDC. The land use of a real city would never exactly correspond to the patterns suggested by Burgess and Hoyt - why not?