Peri-urban Transformations and Emergence of Eclectic Suburbs in Largest Ukrainian Cities: The Case of Lviv, Ukraine

Authors: Roman Lozynskyi*, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, East Europe
Keywords: peri-urban areas, urban planning, suburbs, post-socialist transformations, Ukraine
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Virginia C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In the paper I show how former peri-urban areas of largest Ukrainian cities have been transforming since 1990s based on a case study of Lviv, Ukraine. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and redirection of Ukrainian economy from the state controlled to market oriented crony capitalism, largest Ukrainian cities’ environs became a complex, dynamic and contradicted spaces with drastic changes with emergence of new suburban areas. With concentration on new built-up areas and comprehensive plans analysis, I show existing planning expertise and how privatization of former state and communal land impacted on urban planning in the post-socialist conditions. I also provide background information about changes since the 1990s in demography, income, housing, agriculture, land-use and ownership. Parcellation of state and communal land and it further privatization in the conditions of current weak regulations, nepotism and domination of privatism culture created unfriendly and unhealthy for human life built environment. I emphasize three key phenomenon that are reflected in emerging suburbs in Ukraine: 1) fragmented and ad hoc housing and commercial developments; 2) shrinkage of public and green open space; 3) biased land development for profit.

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