This study aims to give a differentiated picture of urban and suburban development regarding demographic and land-use change as major drivers for urban growth. A set of indicators has been selected to analyze and evaluate the dynamics of these drivers and their implications for environmental conditions and the quality of life. The study is exemplified by the Metropolitan Area of Santiago de Chile (MAS). This metropolis is undergoing rapid urban dynamics, like many other Latin American cities, but shows some idiosyncratic features. The results show demographic growth in suburbia, very densely built-up areas in the urban municipalities with the only growth potential in the suburban landscape, as well as environmental implications of flood-hazard zones and public green spaces relevant for both urban and suburban areas. Furthermore, the indicators assessed show that not all suburban areas underlie the same conditions, nor are they similarly developed.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.