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The Rise of the City

Spatial Dynamics in the Urban Century Edited by Karima Kourtit, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, Peter Nijkamp, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, Iasi, Romania and Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, US
This book examines urban growth and the dynamics that are transforming the city and city regions in the 21st century focusing specifically on the spatial aspects of this process in the “Urban Century”. Forces that are driving city growth include agglomeration spillovers, concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship, diversity of information and knowledge resources, and better amenities and higher wages. These benefits produce a positive reinforcing system that attracts more people with new ideas and information, fuelling innovation, new products and services and more high-wage jobs, thereby attracting more people. Such growth also produces undesirable effects such as air and water pollution, poverty, congestion and crowding. These combined factors both impact and change the geography and spatial dynamics of the city. These transformations and the public policies that may be critical to the quality of life, both today and in the future, are the substance of this book.
Extent: 392 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 535 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Urban Economics
  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Urban Economics
Cities and city regions are growing throughout the world and this trend is forecast to continue well into the 21st century. The authors of The Rise of the City see the next 100 years as being the “Urban Century”. In this book they examine urban growth and the dynamics that are transforming the city and city regions, focusing specifically on the spatial aspects of this process.

Forces that are driving city growth include agglomeration spillovers, concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship, diversity of information and knowledge resources, better amenities and higher wages. These benefits produce a positive reinforcing system that attracts more people with new ideas and information, fuelling innovation, new products and services and more high-wage jobs, thereby attracting more people. Such growth also produces undesirable effects such as air and water pollution, poverty, congestion and crowding. These combined factors both impact and change the geography and spatial dynamics of the city. These transformations and the public policies that may be critical to the quality of life, both today and in the future, are the substance of this book.

Providing a more informed synthesis of the city and its dynamics in the new century than any other volume, as well as a set of specific analyses and questions on the changing nature of the city, this book will be indispensible to scholars and students of regional science and urban studies.
‘Overall, this book is a valuable resource towards understanding the impact of urban growth on geography, spatial dynamics and public policies, which can collectively provide insightful perspectives and methodological tools of the changing nature of our cities in relation to the quality of human life. The book is well written and structured and offers an in-depth perspective of the themes presented. I enjoyed reading this book with its array of various writers and its thread of topics, and I would highly recommend it to scholars, academics and practitioners seeking an insightful and informative synthesis of the spatial dynamics or urban growth in the 21st century city.’
– The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

‘. . . the chapters in this book investigate why cities continue to be attractive places for people, innovation and capital, and therefore continue to grow. The book points to the different ways in which cities are adapting and/or adopting policies in an effort to stay viable and grow sustainably. This book will be important for urban researchers, especially in opening new research foci about cities and the forces that aid their growth.’
– Science & Public Policy

‘Cities have been studied and written on from a whole host of unique viewpoints. The contributors of this volume shed light on the city from several perspectives that together constitute the modern singularity of these spaces on Earth. Based on international and cutting-edge research, the content explores critical and sometimes contested issues such as innovation and entrepreneurship, technology, infrastructure, governance and the quality of life of urban inhabitants. The volume brings a clear and refreshing perspective on a fast changing reality.’
– Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US

‘The Rise of the City is a must read for those who want to learn about achieving the promise of cities and urbanisation for society and the well-being of their people. The distinguished group of contributors provides a holistic roadmap about how cities can be economic engines of growth that promote innovation and creativity. This will not be easy as they also identify the challenges that must be overcome including better planning, inclusive governance, and sustainable development.’
– Mark Partridge, Ohio State University, US

‘This book will be important for urban researchers, especially in opening new research foci about cities and the forces that aid their growth. Through an exploration of often contested issues such as innovation, quality of life, infrastructure etc., the book offers timely introspection on ways in which cities promote a better life. It also outlines important research and policy challenges for cities if they are to continue to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability practices.’
– Science and Public Policy

Contributors: Å.E. Andersson, D.E. Andersson, M.G. Boarnet, A.M. Bonomi Barufi, S. Brunow, R. Camagni, R. Capello, A. Caragliu, Z. Chen, Z. Daghbashyan, C.F. Del Bo, R.K. Green, E.A. Haddad, B. Hårsman, K.E. Haynes, N. Ishikawa, K. Kourtit, J.P. Larsson, M.M. Mazurencu, V. Miersch, P. Nijkamp, A.R. Olsson, R.R. Stough, M. van Geenhuizen, R.S. Vieira, Y. Wen, H. Westlund, Q. Ye

Contents:

PART I URBAN CREATIVITY AND GROWTH
1. Complexity, Scientific Creativity and Clustering
Åke E. Andersson, David Emanuel Andersson, Björn Hårsman and Zara Daghbashyan

2. Agglomeration Economies and Smart Cities
Ana Maria Bonomi Barufi and Karima Kourtit

3. Smart Specialization Strategies and Smart Cities: An Evidence-Based Assessment of EU policies
Andrea Caragliu and Chiara F. Del Bo

4. Agglomeration Economies in Large vs. Small Cities: Similar Laws, High Specifities
Roberto Camagni, Roberta Capello and Andrea Caragliu

PART II CITIES, INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY
5. Multi-Actor Analysis of Metropolitan Performance Analysis
Karima Kourtit, Miruna Mazurencu and Peter Nijkamp

6. Entrepreneurial Governance for Local Growth
Amy Rader Olsson, Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson

7. Cities as Seedbeds of Responsible Innovation
Marina van Geenhuizen and Qing Ye

8. Innovation Capacity, Workforce Diversity and Intra-industrial Externalities: A Study on German Establishments
Stephan Brunow and Valentina Miersch

PART III URBAN SYSTEMS, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
9. Exploring Surface Transportation Impact on Economic Output: A Panel Granger Causality Test
Zhenhua Chen and Kingsley E. Haynes

10. An Accessibility Index for the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo
Renato S. Vieira and Eduardo A. Haddad

11. Urbanization and Quality of Life: An Overview of Health Impacts of Urban and Rural Residential Patterns
Noriko Ishikawa, Karima Kourtit and Peter Nijkamp

12. Dynamic Analysis of the Energy Rebound Effects in Megacities: Evidence from Beijing and Shanghai, China (1990-2011)
Yuyuan Wen

13. How Should Cities Manage Economic Development? Highlights from Theory and Practice
Marlon G. Boarnet and Richard K. Green

Index