Integrative Planning of Post-suburban Growth in the Glatt Valley (Switzerland)


  • Constance Carr Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, 11, Porte des Sciences, 4366, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg
  • Evan McDonough Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, 11, Porte des Sciences, 4366, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg



Post-suburban, Switzerland, Zurich, Glatt Valley, Integrative planning, Governance


This paper addresses conditions of post-suburban urbanisation. Our empirical base is drawn from observations of integration initiatives in the region of the Glatt Valley, a rather undefined area extending from the City of Zurich towards the airport and spreading over a number of small municipalities. Under growth pressure, municipalities are coordinating housing, transportation, and economic activity, and this is generating new post-suburban forms. To understand these processes, qualitative methods were used, relevant documents surveyed, and conversational interviews with actors in the area conducted. A process of infrastructure consolidation was observed, which moved towards integrating functional pathways and optimising capital accumulation, and attracting and catering for business development and high-income earners. To date, the region has proved to be diverse and dynamic, while also furthering certain modes of fragmentation and social stratification. The results reveal post-suburban forms that are place specific and path dependent insofar as they are driven by particular arrangements of governance that emphasise a certain mode of integrative planning. This form of post-suburban growth is also producing new forms of fragmentation.


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Carr C, McDonough E. Integrative Planning of Post-suburban Growth in the Glatt Valley (Switzerland). RuR [Internet]. 2018 Apr. 30 [cited 2024 Mar. 3];76(2):109–122. Available from: