Retrieving the Sustainabilty Concern of Periphery Areas in the Era of Urbanisation– A Case of Amritsar City

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Ar. Amy, Dr. Karamjit Singh


In the era of Urbanization and technological growth, cities are expanding beyond their boundaries thus finding their new future in urban peripheral areas. Cities today are bringing up new challenges that came up with competing land uses presenting the disintegrated and discontinuous urban growth patterns. Urban growth process of cities in the periphery is an intricate phenomenon that has resulted in urban voids which are not witnessed on horizontal grounds but also presenting their blight image in vertical sights. This phenomenon is followed by encroaching upon agriculture land for the urban growth effecting the physical, social, economic and environmental well being of periphery areas, thus highlighting sustainability concern. Therefore, the study examines the peripheral areas specially in relevance to medieval origin city like Amritsar, which are the sprawling areas of main city that lack the structured development patterns presenting  the challenge for  the overall urban sustainability of an area. . This study uses mixed methods approach quantifying, how unstructured and unsustainable  physical patterns of development dispersed, as and when they emerged out from core to periphery.  The study results shows how urban growth process which is responsible in loosening the compact growth of Amritsar city , is leading to unsustainability. Thus the main argument of study  presents that with the expanding growth of city ,the urban identity, image ability and urban morphology is changing that call upon the serious measures in terms of planning -sustainability norms and architectural measures to harmonize the urban skyline in order to establish identity .

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