Large urban agglomerations have emerged over the past decades and, in some cases, entire rural regions were urbanized in less than a decade. These trends not only reflect an unprecedented quantitative dimension of urbanization but also the emergence of new urban forms - beyond urbanism - thus posing new challenges to regional planners, politicians and urban governance actors.
Peter Herrle is emeritus professor and former head of the Habitat Unit at Technische Universität Berlin.
Josefine Fokdal is researcher and lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin.
Detlev Ipsen (dag) was emeritus professor and former head of the Institute for Empirical Planning Research at the University of Kassel.