Urban rapid growth, management, transition cities, development, plans.


Through political transition, socio-economical trends of cities as urban areas contributed to huge movements of population from rural to urban areas or from small urban areas toward big urban areas, making them bigger, under the rapid growth. Those cities have faced:

  • Overloads with number of citizens,
  • Lack of adequate infrastructure and
  • Creativity deficiency for drafting and implementing urban development vision.

Consequently, the question is what qualitative life do cities offer when considering abovementioned suppositions related to rapid urban growth?

In general, for cities under rapid development, experts and authorities have not sufficiently succeeded to develop proper methodologies to neutralize chaotically urban development trends for some inner or outer urban areas under the rapid growth, especially from countries in transition. In this context several reasons have been identified. Starting from not properly definition of land ownership and land destination, lack of urban development plans, not harmonized and not approved legislation framework, not established adequate mechanisms for monitoring and implementation of projects, lack of adequate expertise from specific fields, unsustainable transport modes, etc.

This paper identifies the possibilities that may lead to the success of urban management for strategic development of rapid growth for urban areas. The approaches for improvement and change should be based on multidisciplinary actions from different organisational levels of society, proactively and in the same time acting on:

  • Analytical aspect
  • Planning aspect
  • Organizational aspect
  • Implementation aspect

Furthermore, this concept should be based on multi-sectorial expertise and partnerships between different actors dealing with the complexity of urban development. As main guideline for management of spatial city structure of cities under rapid urban growth, can be considered concept which is based on management of transition from existing to new developed urban areas and inter-relation between inner and outer urban areas. This concept may possibly include the development of new urban areas and renovation of existing ones, establishing transitional networks for implementing urban policies versus urban dynamics. In this way will be encouraged to redefine investments and to strengthen public-private partnership, as basic spatial development concept.



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