Configuring Urban Development Strategies; what can we learn from Capital Cities, Fringe Cities, and Regional Hubs?

Chance2sustain – Presentation of Final Results

The main question this panel addresses concerns the ways in which different types of cities build up urban development strategies in the broad sense, combining economic growth strategies with programmes to reduce social inequalities, and increase environmental sustainability, and the extent to which they utilize strategic instruments of spatial information management and more decentralized fiscal flows/participatory budgeting processes. Whereas often theory building prioritizes very large cities in the global South, we focus in this panel on medium-size, fast-growing cities in different contingent contexts structuring their potential innovative strategies. Such contexts include their administrative embedding (capital cities, fringe cities in urban metropolitan regions, and regional hubs), as well as their specific embedding in environmental ‘landscapes’.

A selection of cities from the Chance2Sustain project provide evidence on how such urban strategies stand in tension to each other or provide mutual support toward more resilient urban development. Innovative in the Chance2Sustain approach are the use of integrated spatial mapping to visualize how economic, social and environmental strategies combine across city areas, and the interpretation of differences between types of cities.