RESEARCH THEME

Polycentric cities
Overview
Research into cities that have multiple centres of activity

Status
Ongoing

Date begun
June 2011
Background
Polycentric urban development describes a range of urban patterns including transport connectivity, democratic processes, planning decisions and urban design concepts. CITIES is initially approaching this subject by trying to understand such development patterns in the most extensive way – through global research.

When scaling down complexity, it is usually appropriate to define key research themes and, in this case, CITIES is focusing on on governance, democracy, and economic and spatial development. By analysing case studies from across the world, CITIES inspires and shows how polycentric developments have evolved in practice through spatial diagrams, reportage, critical review and interviews with involved actors.

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