In the shadow of the city: on landscape transformations and spatial planning at the inner urban fringe

Qviström, M., 2005, In the shadow of the city: on landscape transformations and spatial planning at the inner urban fringe, in: ECLAS (D. Oguz), ‘Landscape change’, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture Ankara University, Ankara

  • Author : Qviström, M.
  • Year : 2005
  • Published in Book : Landscape change
  • Pages : 241-250
  • Abstract in English : The inner urban fringe is usually described as a place where bulldozers are levelling the land, turning former nature areas into urban settlements. This paper, however, focuses on green areas and nature reserves evolving at the fringe. The paper argues that spatial planning and property purchases at the inner urban fringe cast a shadow on the land-use of today when focusing on the developments about to occur in the future, rather than what happens at the fringe in the meantime. This shadow might contribute to nature values evolving at the fringe, and is therefore worthy of further studies within landscape planning. The paper consists of three parts. First, the shadow of Malmö in southernmost Sweden is described, i.e. how plans and property purchases lay a dead hand on the vicinity of the city. For the last 30 years, vast areas surrounding the city have been planned for urban expansion, but the urbanization has taken place in satellite cities and villages further away. Second, the most important green areas at the inner urban fringe of Malmö are studied and their character of nature/culture discussed. Some of these places have evolved while waiting for the city development to be realised. Thus, places designated for urban expansion at the fringe have instead (after decades in the shadow of the city) been preserved as “nature parks”. Third, the need to further explore landscapes in transition at the inner urban fringe is discussed.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: city edge, nature values, spatial planning, nature/culture, Sweden. / Eclas 2005