Title: Cities in a shrinking globe

Authors: Karima Kourtit; Peter Nijkamp; Teresa De Noronha Vaz

Addresses: Department of Spatial Economics, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ' Department of Spatial Economics, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ' Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of the Algarve, Portugal

Abstract: Our world is turning into an urban world. This New Urban World prompts a great variety of research and policy challenges. The present paper seeks to map out such challenges and to explore new roads for a strategically-based urban planning for the future of our planet. An exploratory tool employed here is formed by 'urban images'. The urban-rural divide is also discussed, as well as future strategic options for cities.

Keywords: cities; urban images; urban-rural divide; governance; urban planning; strategic planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2015.067480

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2015 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.6 - 16

Published online: 11 Feb 2015 *

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