(April 2012) Effects of Land Policy on Hybrid Rural-Urban Development Patterns and Resilience: A case study of the territorial development in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region
This article illustrates the relationship between land policy, the shaping of hybrid rural-urban development patterns, as well as their effects on resilience enhancement in the specific context of Thailand. This issue is important because the concept of resilience has recently been the focus of various disciplines, including spatial planning. It is considered an essential quality for urban systems for coping with recent territorial development challenges in a world of rapid transformations. It aims to provide a better understanding about potential impacts of land policy on resilience enhancement of urban systems to planners and policy makers. The article examines the impacts of diverse development policies applied to two selected areas in the Bangkok metropolitan region (BMR). Preliminary results show that the customary land policy, which encourages small-landholdings, is likely to bring more positive impacts regarding resilience enhancement to the urban system than the modernised scheme, which promotes large-landholdings. This is because the hybrid rural-urban development patterns resulting from the customary land policy tend to generate a better environment to cope with the change, which prevents the urban system to shift to undesired stages. This is by enhancing the capability of the urban system to absorb disturbances and to retain essential conditions while undergoing changes, as well as to learn and to adapt to the changes.
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