The Influence of Mother-City Urban Planning on Satellite Cities: A Case Study of Constantine, Algeria


  • Foued Benghadbane


The urban planning policy that has been applied in the city of Constantine has contributed to the creation of an urban dynamic towards its periphery and satellite cities. The policy sought to solve the problem of urban growth, in the face of concern about the preservation of agricultural land and the spread of areas of natural hazards such as landslides and floods. In this context, satellite cities appear as a strategic option to solve this problem according to the direction of successive urban development plans. Satellite cities are supposed to contain urban growth; in Constantine, this is achieved through the redirection of surplus population and the provision of extensive land for urbanization. These opportunities offer significant possibilities for extension and the realization of different residential and equipment projects. The aim of this paper is to highlight the variety of relationships as well as their intensity with the mother city, without forgetting to appreciate the degree of dependence on Constantine.