The Potential of Periurban Areas for the Resilience of Metropolitan Region

Colucci, Angela (2015) The Potential of Periurban Areas for the Resilience of Metropolitan Region. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, ECCA15. pp. 103-122. ISSN 1970-9870

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The paper aims to present as an organic structure the outcomes from various pieces of research and consulting activities developed over the last few years (2011-2015). Shared topics are: urban-rural partnerships, food planning, metropolitan polices and the territorial resilience of periurban areas. In the first part (the core of the paper) the paper underlines critical questions and establishes needs so as to move towards a new approach to development processes in periurban areas. The paper uses some key concepts to present the main outcomes: 1. Understanding complexity (multi-scales in space) and dynamics (multi-scales in time); 2. Identifying all the resources and opportunities; 3. Crosscutting and multi-issues. In the second part (in the final part) the paper proposes the “Ecotone” metaphor to support innovation in the approach to periurban areas. It is a “zone of transition between adjacent ecological systems, having a set of characteristics uniquely defined by space and time scales and by the strength of the interactions between adjacent ecological systems” (Hansen et al, 1992). In these terms, periurban areas may be assumed to be ecotonal zones of transition between urban and rural or natural systems. Using the concept of “ecotonal buffer of transition” to approach the periurban systems it is possible to connect main needs and critical questions underlined to a homogeneous framework and to emphasize on the strategic role that the periurban systems play for the future development of metropolitan regions oriented to a improvement of resilience of socio-ecosystems. In the final part the paper focuses on the governance of urban rural partnerships and research perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue, 2nd European Conference on Climate Adaptation (ECCA 2015) Copenhagen "Smart and Resilient Cities. Ideas and Practices from the South of Europe"
Uncontrolled Keywords: periurban, urban-rural partnership, resilience, ecotone
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 10:11
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2016 10:11

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