The Polycentric Metropolis: Learning from Mega-City Regions in Europe

The Polycentric Metropolis: Learning from Mega-City Regions in Europe

by Sir Peter Hall, Kathy Pain
     
 

A new 21st century urban phenomenon is emerging: the networked polycentric mega-city region. Developed around one or more cities of global status, it is characterized by a cluster of cities and towns, physically separate but intensively networked in a complex spatial division of labour. This book describes and analyses eight such regions in North West Europe.

Overview

A new 21st century urban phenomenon is emerging: the networked polycentric mega-city region. Developed around one or more cities of global status, it is characterized by a cluster of cities and towns, physically separate but intensively networked in a complex spatial division of labour. This book describes and analyses eight such regions in North West Europe. For the first time, this work shows how businesses interrelate and communicate in geographical space - within each region, between them, and with the wider world. It goes on to demonstrate the profound consequences for spatial planning and regional development in Europe - and, by implication, other similar urban regions of the world. The Polycentric Metropolis introduces the concept of a mega-city region, analyses its characteristics, examines the issues surrounding regional identities, and discusses policy ramifications and outcomes for infrastructure, transport systems and regulation. Packed with high quality maps, case study data and written in a clear style by highly experienced authors, this will be an insightful and significant analysis suitable for professionals in urban planning and policy, environmental consultancies, business and investment communities, technical libraries, and students in urban studies, geography, economics and town/spatial planning.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Large polycentric city-regions pose perplexing problems to social scientists and policy-makers. Not only do they represent complex socio-economic systems in their own right, but they also increasingly function as the main locational anchors of wider globalization processes. This book provides a masterful analysis of these issues, with a particular focus on the emergence, dynamics, and planning of polycentric city-regions in contemporary Europe. Allen Scott of University of California, and author of Global City-Regions

The book will help further research not only in Europe but also in other countries in the context of globalisation. Built Environment

Hall and Pain thoroughly succeed in presenting not just a carefully edited and well-written text but also a truly integrated book that avoids (virtually all) the pitfalls of huge collaborative research projects and that manages to produce synthesis and common conclusins. Ludger Basten, Economic Geography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844077472
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Sir Peter Hall is Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, UK and Senior Research Fellow at the Young Foundation, London, UK. Author or editor of over 35 books, he is one of the world's pre-eminent authorities on urban and regional planning.
Kathy Pain is the ALDAR Professor of Real Estate Development at the School of Real Estate & Planning, University of Reading, UK. She is a professional urban planner and researcher on global city relations, sustainable development and policy.

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