Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development and Urban-Rural Linkages

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  • Kjell Svenne Bernhard Nilsson
  • Thomas Alexander Sick Nielsen
  • Carmen Aalbers
  • Simon Bell
  • Baptiste Boitier
  • Jean Pierre Chery
  • Fertner, Christian
  • Miroslaw Groschowski
  • Dagmar Haase
  • Wolfgang Loibl
  • Stephan Pauleit
  • Marina Pintar
  • Annette Piorr
  • Joe Ravetz
  • Mika Ristimäki
  • Mark Rounsevell
  • Ivan Tosics
  • Judith Westerink
  • Ingo Zasada
An important driving force behind urban expansion is the growth of the urban population. But for Europe, this is not a sufficient explanation. The major trend is that European cities have become much less compact. Since the mid-1950s European cities have expanded on average by 78%, whereas the population has grown by only 33%. In the PLUREL project - an integrated project within the EU’s 6th Research Framework Programme - more than 100 researchers from 15 countries analysed the impacts of urban land consumption at a pan-European level and, through six European and one Chinese case studies, identified how land use conflicts and the pressure towards peri-urban areas can be strategically managed in different development and regulatory contexts. To summarise, the following strategies were identified as important steps towards more sustainable urban-rural futures: (i) better coordination of transport, land use and open space planning; (ii) urban containment and densification – development of a green compact city; (iii) preservation of blue and green infrastructure; and (iv) preservation of agricultural land and the promotion of local production. The need also remains to strengthen governance at the regional level while at the pan-European level there is clearly a need for more policy attention to be given to urban-rural linkages.
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Spatial Development
Sider (fra-til)1-26
Antal sider26
StatusUdgivet - 27 mar. 2014

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