Urban dynamics and transport infrastructure: Towards greater synergy

  • Hugo Priemus


Both urban planning and infrastructure development are highly path-dependent: it is difficult to begin with a clean slate in and around a city unless there has been an earthquake, flood or warfare. Towns always have to adapt their development to givens such as landscape, nature areas, contours, the courses of rivers, lakes and seas, heritage sites, and historic settlement patterns. In many cases the pattern of agricultural land division is reflected in the layout of urban building (Amsterdam is a well-known example). A major advantage of this path-dependency is that each town is unique and has its own special cultural and landscape qualities.


Public Transport Transport Infrastructure Town Centre Rail Transport Light Rail 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo Priemus
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  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of Technologythe Netherlands

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