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Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City

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Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City

9781839107474 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US and Co-founder and Past President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project
Publication Date: November 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 747 4 Extent: c 256 pp
This original book examines the experiences cities and urban areas have had with two principal concerns that confront them today: sustainability and competitiveness. Featuring a wide-ranging set of contributions from top researchers, this book discusses and analyzes the issues that different cities face, such as social cohesion, tolerance and cultural diversity, and how this will determine their developmental trajectories through the coming decade. Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City will be an invaluable read for scholars and professors in urban economics and urban studies more broadly, particularly those who are focusing on the importance of sustainability in both areas

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This original book examines the experiences cities and urban areas have had with two principal concerns that confront them today: sustainability and competitiveness.

Focusing on major cities in East Asia, North America, and Western Europe, Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City illuminates the ways in which cities differ not only in their course and stages of development, but in the nature of their economies and their administrative structures. Featuring a wide-ranging set of contributions from top researchers, this book discusses and analyzes the issues that different cities face, such as social cohesion, tolerance and cultural diversity, and how this will determine their developmental trajectories through the coming decade. These issues are explored in relation to contemporary topics including the growing economy of robotics, the rising importance and use of artificial intelligence and the information and communications economy.

Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City will be an invaluable read for scholars and professors in urban economics and urban studies more broadly, particularly those who are focusing on the importance of sustainability in both areas. Its stimulating, yet accessible, approach to the topic and key case studies will also greatly benefit urban planners and economic policy makers looking to improve contemporary cities.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book brings together contributors from several parts of the world, providing the reader with a large spectrum of approaches on the subject of urban competitiveness and sustainability. While some chapters consider a set of cities at the national or international level, other sections focus instead on specific case studies, from Korea to Mexico or Canada, among the others. Organized by members of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, this work is of sure interest for scholars and policy makers in the area of strategic urban planning and competitiveness.’
– Daniele Ietri, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

‘Competitiveness, sustainability and tolerance. These are three key factors for urban development proposed by this book edited by Peter Kresl. In the “modern city”, economic and technological competitiveness cannot be sustained without environmental sustainability, tolerance and social balance. The reader will find very up-to-date diagnoses about cities that will star in urban growth in the 21st century in India, China, Mexico, South Korea, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. They are carried out by professors from leading universities in each country. A fresh and forward-looking book about the city in the 21st century.’
– Joan Trullén, The Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Contributors
Contributors include: E. Blakely, L. Carvalho, C. Dong-Sung, K. Gi-Chan, R. Huggins, K. Hyun-Woo, S. Jianfa, P.K. Kresl, M. Kumar, I. Orihuela, C. Ruiz Duan, S. Singhal, J. Sobrino, P. Thompson, D.-G. Tremblay, L. van den Berg
Contents
Contents:

Introduction
Peter Karl Kresl

PART 1 THE SUSTAINABLE CITY
1. Towards Sustainable Urban Competitiveness? The role of organizing capacity and distributed leadership
Leo van den Berg and Luis Cavalho

2. The Modern City and Third Places: New sources of Sustainable Entrepreneurs and Competitiveness
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

3. Urbanization and sustainable urban development in China
Shen Jianfa

4. In Search of the Golden Regional Science Goose of Innovation, Knowledge Intensive
Precincts:  Is this Science or Geo-mumbo jumbo?
Edward Blakely

5. Enhancing the Quality of Comprehensive Plan for Urban Resilience: Case of Seven Metropolitan Cities in South Korea
Hyun-Woo Kim and Gi-Chan Kim

PART 2 THE COMPETITIVE CITY
6. “Focused Research University” and “Matrix College” Incheon National University’s Strategies based on Combination and Permutation
Cho Dong-Sung

7. Human Behavior and Economic Development: Culture, Psychology and the Competitiveness of Cities and
Regions
Robert Huggins and Piers Thompson

8. Must a Competitive City be a Tolerant City?
Peter Karl Kresl

9. Urban Ecological Competitiveness in Emerging Economies: A Case of Urban India
Saleen Singhal and Meenakshi Kumar

10. Metropolitan Development and geographical deconcentration in Mexico, 1980-2015
Jaime Sobrino

11. Mexico:  GVCs network development and its impact on metropolitan circles development
Clemente Ruiz Duran

12. Mexican cities’ competitiveness in the Age of the Modern City
Isela Orihuela

Index

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