The focus of this book is whether and how the 'city region' constitutes a new departure in urbanisation and, if so, what are the key elements of that difference. The realities of the urban are complex and polychromatic. The rise of global networks enabled by supranational administrations both governmental and corporate strongly influence and structure the management of urban life. How we conceive the city region has intellectual and practical consequences in terms of helping us grasp rapidly changing realities and secure the infrastructure to facilitate the flow of resources, ideas and learning to enhance the quality of life of citizens. Within this broad palette, two themes interweave through this collection. First, is 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 disciplinary 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.