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1.20 - SUPER-CITIES - sustainable land use policies for resilient cities

Project Description

This project explores the robustness, transferability and sustainability of recent land-use policy instruments for managing urban change. The main emphasis is on dynamic cities where diverse changes are occurring, such as urban growth and population expansion or urban decline and population loss. These changes pose a range of economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges for cities.

Recent policy instruments are evaluated against a number of criteria related to urban resilience including adaptability, manageability, capacity-building and the promotion of quality of life. The research draws on case studies from four countries where urban dynamics are very different. These differences and specific development paths will be further explored and illustrated. Turkish cases are used to evaluate policy instruments to control urban sprawl under conditions of rapid urban growth and population expansion. Portuguese cases are used to assess urban policies both under condition of urban shrinkage and urban sprawl. Dutch cases are used to evaluate policy instruments under conditions of moderate urban growth within a polycentric urban structure. Swedish cases are used to evaluate policy instruments under conditions of moderate urban growth but this time within a more monocentric urban structure. Two URBAN-NET key themes are addressed: Shrinking Cities (theme 4) and Urban Sprawl/Compact City (theme 9).

Research Team

Ana Martins

Paulo Pinho (coordinator)

Sara Santos Cruz

Sílvia Sousa

Vitor Oliveira

 

List of other participants (organisation name, country)

    Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of City and Regional Planning, Ankara, Turkey (Coordinators)

    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Nordregio-Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Sweden

    LUOTP-Urban and Spatial Planning Research Laboratory - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Financial Support

FCT (project of URBAN-NET network )

Stage of Progress

Finished in December 2010

Publications

Chapters of Books
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