Towards a functional geometry of western Europe
PublisherCentre de Política del Sòl i Valoracions - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
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The European Commission’s spatial planning discourse places strong emphasis on the development of a regionally balanced urban system, recognising the importance of towns, cities and metropolitan urban regions in achieving the objectives of the revitalised Lisbon Agenda. This paper draws upon network analysis to examine the functional relationships between a sample of 28 European metropolitan urban regions, through an evaluation of air passenger flows. The evaluation of these flows contributes to an enhanced understanding of the spatial dynamics of the European metropolitan hierarchy, extending well beyond that deriving from more standard analyses of the individual components of the urban system. The visualisation of the resulting spatial configuration and the positioning of the different metropolitan urban regions contrasts with the more traditional map-based geographical image of Europe, going some way towards meeting the challenge before spatial planners today of effectively communicating the ever changing spatial dynamics at the European scale.
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CitationBurns, Malcolm C. Towards a functional geometry of western Europe. "ACE: Arquitectura, Ciudad y Entorno", 2009, vol. Any IV, núm. 10, p. 51-68.