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The third group of cities analyzed for the IN.FLOW.ENCE project is online. Check our 500 words on polycentrism for Tokyo, Dubai, Copenhagen Mexico City and Istanbul

The third group of cities analyzed for IN.FLOW.ENCE in terms of polycentrism is online. Once again, we have researched patterns of administrative, participatory and economic urban clustering. This time, we took the off beaten track. DUBAI, for instance, would not be the first choice in dealing with polycentricity, however our analysis shows that, despite the close connection between the administrative and economic planned urban characteristics, civil undertakings are a constant, perhaps under explained trait of this economic heaven. COPENHAGEN presents the same strong correlation between administrative and economic models at the level of urban space, being, however, strongly influenced and conditioned by civil undertakings at local level. The latter translates in patterns of circulation, urban regeneration and newly emerging centers. Sharing characteristics of both mentioned case studies is TOKYO, a city whose current status shows the same powerful correlation between administrative and economic models. In this urban case however, it is official policy that aims to bridge the gap between the skyrocketing ambitions of an economic center and its citizens. The same concern is shared by authorities in MEXICO CITY, who have, in recent years, started a sustained range of reforms to permit civil participation in urban development. Although the city does lag behind others of the region in terms of coherent development, its constant expansion seems to be closely associated to the desires of the individual urban dweller. In this sense, it makes for a contrasting case to ISTANBUL, one of the most rapidly expanding cities in the world, whose chaotic development has been decisively influenced by economic development, most often than away or against civil initiatives and contentions.


Created on 04 May 2012

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