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International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems, edited by Celine Rozenblat, Denise Pumain, Elkin Velasquez

International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems, edited by Celine Rozenblat, Denise Pumain, Elkin Velasquez
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non fiction
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International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems
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edited by Celine Rozenblat, Denise Pumain, Elkin Velasquez
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Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences,, 2198-3542
This book reviews the recent evolutions of cities in the world according to entirely revised theoretical fundamentals of urban systems. It relies on a vision of cities sharing common dynamic features as co-evolving entities in complex systems. Systems of cities that are interdependent in their evolutions are characterized in the context of that dynamics. They are identified on various geographical scales—worldwide, regional, or national. Each system exhibits peculiarities that are related to its demographic, economic, and geopolitical history, and that are underlined by the systematic comparison of continental and regional urban systems, following a common template throughout the book. Multi-scale urban processes, whether local (one city), or within national systems (systems of cities), or linked to the expansion of transnational networks (towards global urban systems) throughout the world over the period 1950–2010 are deeply analyzed in 16 chapters. This global overview challenges urban governance for designing policies facing globalization and the subsequent ecological transition. The answers, which emerge from the diversity of situations in the world, add some reflections on and recommendations to the “urban system framework” proposed in the Habitat III agenda
Table Of Contents
An Evolutionary theory of Urban Systems -- Urban Systems Between National and Global: Recent Reconfiguration Through Transnational Networks -- Preliminary Typology of Cities and Systems of Cities -- The United States Urban System: From Colonial Settlements to Global Urban Centers, an Original Trajectory -- The Canadian Urban System: Urban Canada Goes Global -- Metropolization and polycentrism in the European Urban system -- Changes in the Japanese Urban System Since the 1950s: Urbanization, Demography, and the Management Function -- The South American Urban System: Primacy, Urban Concentration and Emerging Morphologies -- The Brazilian Urban System: Specialization and Regional Development -- The Chinese Urban System: Between Multi-level Political Evolution and Economic Transition -- Diffuse Urbanization and Mega Urban Regions in India: Between Reluctant and Restrictive Urbanism? -- The Russian Urban System: Evolution Engaged with Transition -- The South African Urban System: Coming to Terms with the Legacy of Social Control and Exclusion? -- Urbanization in Africa: Trends, Regional Specificities and Challenges -- The Sustainability of Urbanization in Africa’s Great Lakes Region: Trends and Policies Options -- Extended Metropolitan Development in Southeast Asia: From Primate Cities to Rerritorial Urban Diffusion
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