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Professor (Grandmaster) ADEFIOYE Sunday Adewumi
Pratibha Systems Int'l

The Theory of Suburbanisation was built on seven (7) basic assumptions. The theory states that
suburbanisation is a process of planning, initiating, creating and implementing developmental
projects in selected area outside the city centre and usually beyond the urban extent (boundary)
with such developments having significant spatial relationships with the main or initiating urban
centre. According to the theory, suburbanisation was classified based on the existing components
(structural or people) in the suburb or area to suburbanised into absolute suburbanisation, partial
suburbanisation, integrative suburbanisation and rural urbanification. And based on the level of
organised planning and deliberate efforts put in place across all levels of suburbanisation especially
by an administering authority, suburbanisation or suburb development could either be controlled or
uncontrolled. Some of the assumptions of the theory of suburbanisation includes (1) every suburb
must have a spatial relationship with an existing urban centre; (2) suburb are originally created to
contribute to the main urban's growth or as a channel to alleviate challenges in an existing urban
centre; (3) the more the suburb grows, the lesser its dependency on the main urban and the lesser
its contribution to growth of the main urban centre; (4) the size of the initiating urban centre
determine the original size and quality of the emerging suburb from it, however suburb growth
beyond the level 2 in the model of stages of Suburbanisation could offset this assumption due to
the independence cum complementary development of the suburb; and (5) suburb is more likely to
emerge in areas outside the main urban extent nearest to a growth centre or direction within the
urban centre - such suburb will either take on the pattern of development predominant within the
urban growth nucleus/direction or have a distinct but complementary pattern (with spatial
relationship) with the urban growth centre/direction/nucleus.

Keywords: Theory of Suburbanisation, Suburbanisation, suburb development, urban centre, city
centre, direction, pattern, nucleus, spatial relationships, classification of suburbanisation, controlled,
uncontrolled, model of stages of suburbanization

Type of Theory (Genre)/Area of Applications: Urban-Suburb Development

Adefioye Sunday A, (2016): “The Conceptual Model for Sustainable Urbanization and Urban
Development: Theory and Practice” ISBN (13) 978-978-52464-9-0. Published by SDX Publishing
Int’l. First Draft 23rd June 2016. Revised and Expanded August 2016. Preview copy available at

Professor (Grandmaster) ADEFIOYE Sunday Adewumi
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