The Resurgence of Regional Design

Neuman, M. and Zonnenveld, W. 2018. The Resurgence of Regional Design. European Planning Studies. 26 (7), pp. 1297-1311.

TitleThe Resurgence of Regional Design
AuthorsNeuman, M. and Zonnenveld, W.
Abstract

Regional design, long a backbone for spatial planning, even if under other names, has become topical again for two reasons – as a key strategy and as a key tool in spatial management. This is due to several reasons. New conditions of urbanization that result from the convergence of several factors highlight the need for spatial strategy formation and application at supra-metropolitan scales. These new conditions include globalization, climate change, booming urban population, increased mobility and interconnectivity, and new infrastructure technologies. These forces driving urbanization today and into the future play out at the urban scale, which is increasingly encompassed in the city-region. The solutions to the impacts and problems that these forces cause must be dealt with by a strategic urbanism at a scale that matches. This scale of urbanism can be denoted as regional design. To justify these claims and to understand the origins of regional design and its relevance today and into the future, the master strokes in its history are presented next. After that, we discuss current concepts and practices in regional design. In conclusion, we offer answers to the question: why a resurgence of regional design?

KeywordsRegions, Regional Design, regional planning, spatial strategy, regional governance, urban design
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Journal citation26 (7), pp. 1297-1311
ISSN0965-4313
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09654313.2018.1464127
Publication dates
Published online17 Apr 2018
Published17 Apr 2018

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