Community structure

Community structure means the internal structure of an employment area, town, city, neighbourhood or another urban area. It includes the population and housing, jobs and production, service and leisure time areas, along with transport routes and technical networks, their location and relationships. Community structure development is controlled with land use planning and building permission schemes.

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Regional structure

Regional structure refers to the structures of larger regions, such as the whole country, provinces and parts of provinces. Urbanisation, for example, is a phenomenon that is manifesting itself in regional structures. Regional structure development is steered by developing national and other transport networks, as well as the development actions of the regional policy.

Dispersion of urban areas and community structures

Urban dispersion refers to the growth of sparsely populated urban areas or uncontrolled housing development, especially in stress areas, such as the fringe areas of a plan. Furthermore, a dispersed structure means longer distances between different functions, which is a challenge for technical networks and the organisation of public transport and services.

Integral community structures

The aim of urban planning is to integrate community structures. Integrity means that new buildings within the urban area are mainly located next to the previously built areas, expanding the areas carefully and utilising the existing infrastructure. Constructions are integrative when they are located and scaled in a way that uses and supports the existing community structures, traffic arrangements and services, and diminishes the functional, urban and landscape problems related to them.

Published 2013-10-28 at 12:32, updated 2013-10-28 at 12:31