Polycentrism is becoming one of the dominant structures in contemporary metropolises. Concentrated decentralization and the integration of formerly independent cities by the reduction of travel time are behind of such a process. In this paper, the spatial structure of the seven biggest metro areas in Spain is depicted. By
analysing employment density and travel-to-work data the polycentric structure of them is detected at the time that the functional borders are delimited. Results suggest a very heterogeneous image where Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao emerge as the most polycentric areas at the time that Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza have a structure more orientated towards monocentrism, Málaga is an exception since having few subcentres, their share in employment concentration is important. Clearly a correlation between polycentrism and complexity of the relations among subcentre emerges.
CitationMarmolejo, C. [et al.]. Polycentrism in the Spanish metropolitan system an analysis for 7 metro areas. A: European Regional Science Association Congress. "51st European Congress of the Regional Science Association International". Barcelona: 2011, p. 1-28.
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