Suburbanization in Central and Eastern European cities has become the predominant form of metropolitan growth, undermining seriously the application of sustainable urban development principles in the region. The negative impacts of sprawl are just beginning to emerge as an area of public concern in the post-socialist cities where urban growth is managed through a mixture of uncoordinated and often conflicting policies. The presentation investigates the impact of contemporary public policies on the patterns of urban growth in Central and Eastern European cities, highlighting both commonalities and variations in the post-socialist responses to the challenges of growth management in the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Biography: Kiril Stanilov holds a PhD in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. From 1998 to 2008 he was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati where he taught courses in urban design, physical planning, and contemporary urbanisation. He is a senior research associate at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies. Kiril Stanilov’s research interests are centred on explorations of contemporary patterns of urban growth and change, and the role played by public policies in shaping urban form transformations. His book publications include: Twenty Years of Transition, The Post-Socialist City, Suburban Form, and Confronting Suburbanization