The dynamics of peri-urbanization in the Pearl River Delta (DFG)
|Title:||The dynamics of
peri-urbanization in the Pearl River Delta: Emerging land use
patterns, urban villages and their linkages to global
"Megastädte: Informelle Dynamik globalen Wandels"
Prof. P. Herrle
Fachgebiet Empirische Planungsforschung
Prof. D. Ipsen
Lead:||Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit
project aims at analyzing the interaction of informal and formal
dynamics occurring in peri-urban areas of the Pearl River Delta.
Peri-urban areas constitute areas that are neither urban nor typically
rural. They need to be defined by typological rather than simple
geographical models based on distance from urban centers. Typically,
peri-urban areas show a number of functions that are of high
significance for the emergence and internal differentiation of mega
cities including eco-logical balance, land resource, hinterland for
urban economies, food production and processing, and recreation.
Specifically, it is intended to explore the role and significance of 'urban villages' as an important actor in the emerging mega-urban region of the Pearl River Delta. While their scope of influence is largely local, these informal structures are intertwined with mechanisms of the global economy as is the entire region of the Pearl River Delta. It is assumed that the modes of the formal/informal interaction define the degree of flexibility as well as the 'quality' of the resulting social, economic and spatial patterns. The project aims at exploring the interplay of various actors in the peri-urbanization processes by studying its modalities, results and inherent contradictions. The underlying general goal is to answer the question as to whether the locational factors and living conditions in the 'urban landscape' can be sustained in the long term through the interplay of formal and informal systems and actors.
Thereby the project will contribute towards building a general theoretical framework for mega-cities, their internal patterns of change and differentiation and their linkages to global dynamics.