Progress in Planning 1999 (in press)

Sustainable Urban Growth in Peripheral Areas: Factors and Paradigms of Regional Planning


Center for Desert Architecture and Urban Planning
J.Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sede-Boqer Campus, Israel 84990




1. Core vs. Periphery: Development Needs

Regional inequalities as a development issue
  • Physical data
  • Historical premises
  • Economic premises
  • Political premises
Patterns of population change
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • China
  • Sweden
Development policies
  • Core-restricting policies
  • Periphery-stimulating policies
Questions for urban and regional planning

2. Development Peculiarities of Peripheral Urban Settlements

Peripheral settlements: exogenous factors
  • Remoteness
  • Spatial isolation
  • Harsh climate
  • Lack of previous development in the area
  • Comparative advantages of peripheral areas
Development paradigms
  • Economic development
  • Migration attractiveness
  • Resource consumption
  • Concluding remarks: spatial frontier of development areas

3. Criteria of Sustainable Urban Growth

Urban growth: definitions of sustainability
Components of sustainable urban growth
  • Environmental dimension
  • Economic dimension
  • Socio-demographic dimension
Indicators of sustainable population growth of urban settlements
Research model
  • Background study
  • Cross-size comparison vs. time changes
  • Growth paradigm

4. Influencing Factors

Long-term trends of population growth
  • Definition of the samples
  • Core vs. peripheral settlements: trends of growth
  • Factors influencing rates of growth
  • Data analysis
  • Research results
Location-related peculiarities of urban growth: recent trends
  • Method
  • Estimation results

5. Development Strategies

Development clusters
Strategy of redirecting priorities
Maintaining the inter-regional balance and local incentives