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RhineRuhr: Towards Compatibility? Strategic Spatial Policies for a Specific Configuration of Polycentricity

WOLFGANG KNAPP, PETER SCHMITT and RAINER DANIELZYK
Built Environment (1978-)
Vol. 32, No. 2, Reflections on the Polycentric Metropolis (2006), pp. 137-147
Published by: Alexandrine Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23289396
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Concepts of polycentricity and networks take a central place in current thinking about the restructuring of urban regions. This academic discourse will be sketched in view of the search for synergies within the polycentric urban region RhineRuhr. The notion of synergy, which makes the whole network of cities more than the sum of its parts, will be discussed in the light of a fuzzy strategic concept that qualifies RhineRuhr as a 'metropolitan region' constituting a critical mass for international competitiveness on the one hand, but hardly any steps to implement this option on the other. In the final section, therefore, some ideas will be put forward to make regional strategic policies more compatible with both the problems of the specific polycentric structure of RhineRuhr as well as the latent synergetic potentials within this region.

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