Spatial Transformations in Urban Areas During the Past 50 Years

Loris, Isabelle (2020) Spatial Transformations in Urban Areas During the Past 50 Years. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 789-797. ISSN 2521-3938

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This research examines the dynamics of spatial transformations in highly urbanized areas and in particular the urban agglomeration of Ghent (Belgium). To this end we go back 50 years in time (1963-2013). The hypothesis is assumed that three major spatial transformations take place during this period: (1) the population increase leads to sub-urbanization or the spreading of functions around the city center until the 1980s and (2) is followed by a period of compaction processes in which remaining open areas are filledwithin the suburban area. It is mainly about new construction. This condensed nebula - which presents itself as a city edge – (3) finally, together with the city core, transforms both in nature and in use of the existing built-up tissue. This mainly concerns renovation and reuse. The dynamics of these processes can be reconstructed on the basis of building and allotment permits. Based on this, neighborhoods can be distinguished with low or high dynamics regarding transformations.Finally, it will be investigated where transformations will occur in the future. Socio-economic characteristics of starters on the residential market can be an indication of expected transformations in the future in other neighborhoods. The article introduces the concept of Napoleon plots to carry out statistical and spatial analysis. Dynamics and patterns are mapped.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belgium, urban, transformations, history, mapping
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 09:43
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 09:43

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