Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 7-55 Open Access
  4. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 57-82 Open Access
  5. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 83-119 Open Access
  6. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 121-165 Open Access
  7. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 167-202 Open Access
  8. Jean-Claude Bolay
    Pages 203-211 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-214

About this book


This open access book revisits the theoretical foundations of urban planning and the application of these concepts and methods in the context of Southern countries by examining several case studies from different regions of the world. For instance, the case of Koudougou, a medium-sized city in one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, with a population of 115.000 inhabitants, allows us to understand concretely which and how these deficiencies are translated in an African urban context. In contrast, the case of Nueve de Julio, intermediate city of 50.000 dwellers in the pampa Argentina, addresses the new forms of spatial fragmentation and social exclusion linked with agro export and crisis of the international markets. Case studies are also included for cities in Asia and Latin America. Differences and similarities between cases allow us to foresee alternative models of urban planning better adapted to tackle poverty and find efficient ways for more inclusive cities in developing and emerging countries, interacting several dimensions linked with high rates of urbanization: territorial fragmentation; environmental contamination; social disparities and exclusion, informal economy and habitat, urban governance and democracy.


Emerging and developing countries Open access Socio-spatial interaction Spatial and social urban planning Social disparities and exclusion Urban governance and democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 1
  1. 1.Cooperation & Development CenterEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28418-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28419-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1876-0899
  • Series Online ISSN 1876-0880
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