Urban fringes

Urban fringes

Transformation processes in metropolitan regions stimulated by globalization and post-Soviet changes are overlapping. Different parts of metropolitan regions have a different degree of globalization impact and intensity of the transformation processes. Contemporary post-Soviet metropolitan areas are characterized by functional fragmentation with combination of industrial, agricultural areas, logistics and storage complexes, cottage residential and recreational zones.

The suburbanization wave of late 1900s – 2000s in Ukraine is characterized by the following processes: selective transformation and fragmentation of rural settlements in the near suburbs, construction of cottage settlements (the kind of gated community), internal suburbanization, and construction of new multistory residential complexes in satellite settlements with high transport accessibility. Different impact and combination of factors caused different potential and results of suburbanization around the biggest cities.

Research questions: How globalization and post-Soviet changes affect the spatial transformations in the metropolitan areas? How does the relationship between metropolis and rural areas change: suburbanization, exurbanization or desurbanization?

Author: Dr. Kostyantyn Mezentsev