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Urban expansion re-visited
Hesse, Markus
2021In pnd - rethinking planning, 2021 (1), p. 42-54


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Keywords :
urban expansion; post-war urban development; city regions; large urban projects; re-urbanisation
Abstract :
[en] This paper deals with urban expansion, that is, the growth of cities and inner-urban areas, both inside and outside of the dedicated planning perimeters. My aim is to give a brief overview of how this subject matter can be discussed from a contemporary perspective, with a certain focus on big projects that have evolved in recent decades and are on the rise again. Towards that end, I will situate the subject matter in historical contexts, provide some explanation as to the 1970s and more recent dynamics, and discuss how large-scale urban projects are being implemented. While big projects pursue different ambitions—such as economic, socio-demographic or ecological goals—they are set in place by a kind of managerial urbanism, often prioritise economic gains and thus challenge urban policy and planning. The paper concludes with a call to contextualise the variegated outcomes of new urban projects and to develop appropriate methods for monitoring and assessing urban life in these quarters.
Disciplines :
Human geography & demography
Author, co-author :
Hesse, Markus  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Geography and Spatial Planning (DGEO)
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Title :
Urban expansion re-visited
Publication date :
01 March 2021
Journal title :
pnd - rethinking planning
Special issue title :
Große Quartiere – Stadt wieder im großen Maßstab planen
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Commentary :
Revised and expanded version of a Keynote held at the 2019 Pt.Conference “New Urban Quarters”, in December 2019 at RWTH Aachen. While the manuscript was finished by the end of 2020, no further reference has been made to the COVID-19 pandemic and its possible implications for urban expansion, due to the particular long-term perspective taken by this paper.
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