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What is an urban structure ? The challenge of foreseeing 21st century spatial patterns of the urban economy


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Shearmur, Richard (2011). What is an urban structure ? The challenge of foreseeing 21st century spatial patterns of the urban economy Discussion Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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Urban geographers (and urban economic geographers in particular) have, at least since the early twentieth century, examined the way in which cities spread out across space, occupy it and transform it: the resulting patterns and regularities are often called „urban structure‟, and numerous questions derive from this concept – such as whether or not all cities share an underlying common structure, whether the same or similar processes modify these structures, and the influence of context (be it cultural, political or geographic) on the material outcome of these processes. Furthermore the idea of urban structure itself is problematic, since any given city is structured in multiple ways along multiple dimensions, as postmodern thinkers have emphasised. This paper sets out to discuss what is meant by urban structure – focussing more particularly on cities‟ economies -, to broadly summarise some of the general patterns and processes that govern the geography of economic activity within cities, and to tentatively propose a framework for conducting relevant empirical research and for thinking about how urban economic patterns will evolve over the coming years.

Type de document: Monographie (Discussion Paper)
Informations complémentaires: paper prepared for : Seminario Internacional Ciudades, Globalización y Desarrollo, El Colegio Mexiquense, A. C., Toluca, Mexico Wednesday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September 2011
Mots-clés libres: Structure urbaine; théorie urbaine; analyses empiriques; métropoles; processus; économie urbaine; urban structure; urban theory; empirical analysis; metropolitan; processes; urban economy.
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 19:16
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 19:16
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9233

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