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The Futures of the City Region

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Neuman, Angela Hull


116 pages

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Does the ‘city region’ constitute a new departure in urbanisation? If so, what are the key elements of that departure? The realities of the urban in the 21st century are increasingly complex and polychromatic. The rise of global networks enabled by supranational administrations, both governmental and corporate, strongly influences and structures the management of urban life. How we conceive the city region has intellectual and practical consequences. First, in helping us grasp rapidly changing realities; and second in facilitating the flow of resources, ideas and learning to enhance the quality of life of citizens.

Two themes interweave through this collection, within this broad palette. First are the socio-spatial constructs and their relationship to the empirical evidence of change in the physical and functional aspects of urban form. Second is what they mean for the spatial scales of governance. This latter theme explores territorially based understandings of intervention and the changing set of political concerns in selected case studies. In efforts to address these issues and improve upon knowledge, this collection brings together international scholars building new data-driven, cross-disciplinary theories to create new images of the city region that may prove to supplement if not supplant old ones.

The book illustrates the dialectical interplay of theory and fact, time and space, and spatial and institutional which expands on our intellectual grasp of the theoretical debates on ‘city-regions’ through ‘practical knowing’, citing examples from Europe, the United States, Australasia, and beyond.

This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Futures of the City Region 2. The New Metropolis: Rethinking Metropolis 3. Looking Backward, Looking Forward: The City Region of the Mid-21st Century 4. The 21st-Century Metropolis: New Geographies of Theory 5. City Regions and Place Development 6. City-Regions: New Geographies of Uneven Development and Inequality 7. Limits to the Mega-City Region: Conflicting Local and Regional Needs 8. Regions, Megaregions, and Sustainability

About the Editors

Michael Neuman is Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, USA. He directs the Sustainable Urbanism Research Consortium and chairs the Sustainable Urbanism Certificate Program.

Angela Hull is Professor of Spatial Planning at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. She directs the Masters in Research Programme and the Planning, Regeneration and Governance research centre.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General