Hybrid planning in the peri-urban interface: applying archaeology and contemporary dynamics for more sustainable, resilient cities

D. Simon, Andrew Adam-Bradford

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Understanding of urban fringes or peri-urban interfaces (PUIs) as zones characterised by rapid transitional change and sprawling urbanisation has increased markedly over recent years. Archaeological evidence also illustrates the pivotal role that peri-urban zones once played in the survivability of ancient urban centres. Over the last three decades, urban growth and associated transitional changes have accelerated in most regions, producing major challenges to the development of resilient cities capable of absorbing climatic, economic and environmental shocks. Globalised processes of industrialisation and market interdependence have remoulded urban fringes, bringing increased environmental impacts, including the loss of natural resources and environmental buffers now recognised as essential for urban resilience. Furthermore, ongoing global environmental change (GEC) and increasing socioeconomic inequality are generating new priorities as peri-urban zones consolidate, erode and shift outwards. Given the inadequacies of existing frameworks, we advocate a hybrid approach to PUI planning and design that draws on integrated, agropolitan-type perspectives embedded within a resilient, locally appropriate regional-urban focus within broader sociospatial and geo-economic systems. Diverse historical and contemporary examples inform the discussion of the PUI planning and design and the identification of policy recommendations for a hybrid planning approach based on adaptation capacity and resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBalanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities
EditorsB. Maheshwari, V.P. Singh, B. Thoradeniya
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783319281100
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Hybrid planning
  • peri-urban interface
  • urban fringe
  • urban sustainability
  • urban
  • resilience


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