Governing urban planning diversity: the use of internal diversity in metropolitan area spatial planning


  • Wojciech Bonenberg



In this paper spatial, functional, social and cultural aspects of the problem of governing urban diversity are analysed. Economical use of diversity as an element driving urban economies is highlighted. It is indicated that the post-industrial reality imposes a need for a new attitude towards the role and place of diversity in the spatial and economic development of a city. The concept of rejuvenating urban structures based on diversity is presented and governance strategies are categorised. It is revealed that spatial diversity is a key resource of a metropolitan area, driving its growth as well as the performance of social and economic goals. Results of research on Poznan metropolitan area spatial diversity are presented: 6 types of relations are highlighted, which made it possible to assess the current level of diversity governance within the discussed areas. As a result three primary levels are identified at which diversity governance should be implemented as the basis for planning metropolitan areas’ spatial development. It is determined that governing diversity is an effective development model for these areas.