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Spatial Planning and Development in a European and Macro-regional Context

  • Bernd Scholl
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

Throughout the entire history of Europe and its spatial development, the north-south corridor from Rotterdam to Genoa has formed a quasi ‘transport backbone’. The most densely settled areas of Europe are to be found here, together with diverse landscapes and urban regions of various sizes. It is also the area where the highest economic value is created. To a considerable extent, the economic power of this axis determines many European developments. Major investments of all kinds: airports, railway systems, distribution centres, industries, etc., are concentrated here.

The renovation and development of the regions along this corridor are a challenge for those involved. Global, European, national, regional, and local processes overlap each other and changes are plain to see. The serious conflicts within spatial development in this transit area also inevitably lead to addressing Europe’s cultural and political history, as well as its future and the future of its nations. What are the central questions, and what solutions are possible? In recent years, stakeholders from all the countries involved have formed, for the first time, a group for developing a spatial strategy in a European and macro-regional context. This contribution deals with the challenges and perspectives of one of the most important corridors in Europe and the need for an action-oriented European spatial programme.

Keywords

Spatial Planning Spatial Development Railway Station Freight Transport Trade Route 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ETH ZürichInstitute for Spatial and Landscape DevelopmentZurichSwitzerland

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