Global City Regions: Their Emerging Forms

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A unique comparative study based on funded research, of eleven city regions across three continents looking at changes over the last 30 years. Detailed changes in land use are presented here with series of maps prepared especially for the study. The socio-economic and physical forms of city regions have been examined for comparative study and the findings will be of interest to all those concerned with urban development in their professional and academic work. The book features numerous maps which underline research findings. Cities covered are: Ankara, Bangkok, Boston, Madrid, Randstad, San Diego, Chile, Sao Paulo, Seattle and the Central Puget, Taipei, Tokyo, West Midlands.

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Concerned with structural changes in city regions around the world<-- >their economies, population character, and spatial form<-- >architects, city planners, economists, and social scientists assess what is happening to the socio-economic and spatial structure of a selection of urban regions, defined by the spatial extent of closely linked economic activity, over the past 30 years, and identify the underlying societal dynamics. Local teams of the Global Cities Consortium analyze in detail the evolving form of 11 city regions, while observers of urbanization, technology, and social trends discuss broad trends. In landscape format 12 inches deep. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780419232407
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Pt. 1 Assumptions and Objectives
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Planning the city region: a short history of Western practice 8
Pt. 2 Studies of Global City Regions
Table 1 Indicators for the eleven global city regions 19
Key to the illustrations in Part 2 22
Ch. 3 The Bangkok region 23
Ch. 4 The Boston region 38
Ch. 5 The Madrid region 54
Ch. 6 The Randstad 66
Ch. 7 San Diego and Tijuana 80
Ch. 8 The Santiago region 95
Ch. 9 The Sao Paulo region 107
Ch. 10 Scattle and the central Puget Sound 120
Ch. 11 The Taipei region 135
Ch. 12 The Tokyo region 149
Ch. 13 The West Midlands 163
Pt. 3 Comparing and Contrasting the Cases
Ch. 14 Infrastructure and regional form 183
Ch. 15 Emerging cultures of governance 193
Pt. 4 Essays about City Regions
Ch. 16 Urban management in the global economy 207
Ch. 17 Crossing cybercities: boundary problems separating the regional space of the city from the matrix of cyberspace 214
Ch. 18 The future of transport: mobility and infrastructure 229
Ch. 19 Planning cyberplaces 236
Ch. 20 Telecommunications and sustainable cities 244
Ch. 21 Regional grid planning 249
Ch. 22 Discontiguous urban growth: edge cities, global cities, or both? 260
Ch. 23 Cities in the global economy 269
Ch. 24 The joys of spread-city 277
Index 282
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