Intra-periphery integration: issues of the peri-urban landscapes

Miss Jiangdi Tan1

1The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


The current process of rapid urbanisation and urban sprawl has resulted in the polycentricity of urban form and the evolution of peri-urban landscapes. The peri-urban landscape is complex and dynamic and is a “mosaic” of urban and rural features and functions. Recent years, it is increasingly evident that peri-urban landscapes are independent and autonomous in terms of its activities, functions, and spatial expressions. Despite the rich literature addressing the centre-periphery connection of cities, current planning practice fails to acknowledge the intra-periphery integration and studies responding to this issue are scarce. This paper aims to argue that it is high time to shift the traditional planning approach focusing on ‘centre-periphery’ to ‘periphery-periphery’. Based on literature review, this paper makes an effort to identify the autonomy of peri-urban landscapes from three perspectives: the spatial features of peri-urban landscapes, the urban functions and activities with the peripheries, and the pathways of peri-urban transitions. It also shows that it would be helpful to resolve the deficient peri-urban integration through transport implementations.


Tan, Jiangdi (BEng, MSc)

PhD Candidate in Planning

Research interest: urban sprawl, peri-urban space, transport integration, active transport


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