IN.FLOW.ENCE – FOUR FRESH ANALYSES READY FOR THE CURIOUS URBAN EXPLORER

In.flow.ence, the project that sees CITIES as a think tank is bringing us all over the world (well, at least virtually). We inspire our project partners with the analysis of four of the most amazing cities of our planet, check our overview about multi-centered urban developments

After some months of research, the second group of cities that are dealing with polycentric urban development issues is finally online. CITIES has been analyzing how four of the most impressive urban agglomerations of all time relate to administrative, participatory and economic model of urban clustering. Thanks to the work of our junior researchers Dana and Sophie, we can now present a valuable bulk of knowledge. This work represents the beginning of our mission to develop a publication that deals with urban clustering and polycentric developments. While Chicago has been pinpointed as an accurate example of an urban sprawl that has maintained and developed its potential brought by spatial and cultural intersections, Los Angeles shows how, despite a fluctuating urban sprawl, the administration makes consistent efforts to keep up with private initiatives and to create new legislative frameworks for their emergence. Jakarta exhibits an interesting twist to polycentric development of the city, since although governmental measures have tried to regulate the urban sprawl, it seems their efforts have been counterbalanced by bottom-up initiatives. The government faces serious criticism regarding the implementation of new projects, civil society seeing them as running parallel to the constant demands of social groups and to the actual economic situation. And finally, Lagos’ urbanisation is a consequence of its economic potential. Nigeria is blessed with vast human and natural resources: large and fairly good agricultural land, extensive forests, excellent fisheries, and a large labour force of about 150 million. However, juxtaposed against the potentials for economic growth and sustainable development are deteriorating socio-economic conditions.

If you think that there is much more to say, if you have experienced those cities and want to start to watch them through the polycentric development lents, don’t hesitate to write an email to Dana (projects@citiesfoundation.org) and propose your contribution!

Created on 14 March 2012

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