Business, Management and Economics

Urban Development

Edited by Serafeim Polyzos, ISBN 978-953-51-0442-1, 296 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 30, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1413

Cities are growing as never before and nowadays, it is estimated that at least 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas. This trend is expected to continue and simultaneously the problems in urban areas are anticipated to have an increase. Urbanization constitutes a complex process involving problems with social, economic, environmental and spatial dimensions that need appropriate solutions. This book highlights some of these problems and discusses possible solutions in terms of organisation, planning and management. The purpose of the book is to present selected chapters, of great importance for understanding the urban development issues, written by renowned authors in this scientific field. All the chapters have been thoroughly reviewed and they cover some basic aspects concerning urban sustainability, urban sprawl, urban planning, urban environment, housing and land uses. The editor gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Dr Marius Minea in reviewing two chapters.

Dr. Serafeim Polyzos

University of Thessaly, Greece

Dr. Serafeim Polyzos has a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia, Greece. He received his PhD in Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly, Greece. He worked in the Ministry of Public Works in Greece for 15 years and he is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Planning and Regional Development, School of Engineering, University Thessaly in Greece. His scientific research focuses on Regional Development and Policy, Urban Development, Project Management, Project Appraisal, Land Planning, Infrastructures. He is a scientific researcher and a director in: (a) Laboratory of Regional Economic Analysis and (b) Laboratory of Policy and Developmental Programs Appraisal, University of Thessaly and he has published more than 140 articles in scientific journals and conferences’ proceedings.

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  • Urban Development

    Cities are growing as never before and nowadays, it is estimated that at least 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas. This trend is expected to continue and simultaneously the problems in urban areas are anticipated to have an increase. Urbanization constitutes a complex process involving problems with social, economic, environmental and spatial dimensions that need appropriate solutions. This book highlights some of these problems and discusses possible solutions in terms of organisation, planning and management. The purpose of the book is to present selected chapters, of great importance for understanding the urban development issues, written by renowned authors in this scientific field. All the chapters have been thoroughly reviewed and they cover some basic aspects concerning urban sustainability, urban sprawl, urban planning, urban environment, housing and land uses. The editor gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Dr Marius Minea in reviewing two chapters.

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