The Spatial Development Framework to facilitate urban management in countries with weak planning systems

Mathias Spaliviero, L. Boerboom*, Montserrat Gibert, Giovannni Spaliviero, Manka Bajaj

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Abstract

There is an urgent need to develop strategic spatial planning methods adapted to the conditions of countries with weak planning systems facing rapid urbanization. These methods should allow evaluating the territorial qualities of the system of cities and to meaningfully guiding the implementation of national urban policies or strategies. In this context, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHabitat) has developed the Spatial Development Framework (SDF) method, which is presented here for the first time, after having been tested in different countries. The SDF method helps to develop an understanding of the roles and inter-linkages of various urban settlements in the territory and to frame the territorial structure in a context of fluidity and uncertainty typical of countries facing uncontrolled urbanization. The method is then discussed and conclusions for the way forward are drawn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-254
Number of pages20
JournalInternational planning studies
Volume24
Issue number3-4
Early online date12 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • rapid urbanization
  • strategic spatial planning
  • System of cities
  • weak planning systems
  • ITC-HYBRID
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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