1st Edition

Governing Cities on the Move Functional and Management Perspectives on Transformations of European Urban Infrastructures

Edited By Martin Dijst, Walter Schenkel Copyright 2002
    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    This title was first published in 2002: The success of any investment strategy in urban infrastructures is dependent on how people as members of households, companies or institutions will use these infrastructures in their daily lives and how actors take decisions on their investment strategies. Insights into these behaviours can help public and private actors to cope with diversity, complexity and uncertainty in a dynamic urban environment. This book elaborates, both theoretically and empirically, the functional and governance/management perspective of urban infrastructures. It comprises theoretical contributions related to accessibility, land-use modelling and urban governance, while case studies from Antwerp, Geneva, Milan, Oslo, Turin and Zurich effectively analyze the problems associated with mobility, infrastructure, finance, planning, transformation and governance. It will be of considerable value to anyone with an interest in urban performance.

    Contents: Introduction: Urban performance in perspective, Martin Dijst and Walter Schenkel. Theoretical Contributions: Transportation and urban performance: accessibility, daily mobility and location of households and facilities, Martin Dijst, Hubert Jayet and Isabelle Thomas; Integrated urban transportation and land-use models for policy analysis, Pavlos Kanaroglou and Darren Scott; Understanding the political and administrative framework of urban performance, Erkki Mennola; Urban governance by network management, Walter Schenkel. Case Studies: Time, mobility and urban governance: the case of the metropolitan area of Milan, Mario Boffi and Giampaolo Nuvolati; Transport and urban development: the potential impact of Milan and Turin’s Crossrail system on the land-use structure, Paolo Riganti; Transport infrastructure and planning policies: the importance of financial analysis in the Crossrail projects Milan and Turin, Isabella Lami; Congested evening rush hour traffic in Antwerp: a sustainable and integrated policy approach, Ann Verhetsel; Development of central public spaces in Geneva: changing uses and images, Véronique Stein; The Zurich West Development Project, Peter Güller and Walter Schenkel; Akerselva Environmental Park: urban transformation by chance or by governance? Knut Halvorsen. Conclusions: Urban governance and infrastructure: coping with diversity, complexity and uncertainty, Martin Dijst and Walter Schenkel.


    Martin Dijst studied Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam. In 1995 he completed at the Technical University of Delft his Ph.D. dissertation entitled 'An elliptical life' action space as integral measure for accessibility and mobility'. He works now as senior researcher in Transport and Urban Geography at Utrecht University