Housing, Real Estate Markets and Spatial Planning
Housing, real estate markets and settlement structures within Alpine countries are highly affected by demographic change. Beside the fact that there is traditionally a great variety in regional housing cultures, most cities and surrounding communities have to deal with unresolved spatial planning problems, which are revealed by a loss of attractiveness as living and working areas. To strengthen communitys locational quality and to create liveable regional centres within the Alpine regions has been one key interest of the DEMOCHANGE project. The approaches presented in this chapter provide spatial planning strategies to face the problem of a shrinking and aging population, for example how to raise awareness for demographic change and its implications during a process of a town centre redevelopment in Switzerland. Supplementary, the Swiss case refers to hints and pitfalls of a need and market analysis, conducted to evaluate the future demand for housing with services and to enhance regional cooperation in spatial planning.
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