2013 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
Causes and Consequences of the Upscaling of Urban Systems
In the last decades we have witnessed a resurgence of research emphasizing the relevance of cities and urban areas for economic vitality. As economies become more complex and service oriented, the heterogeneity of labor, housing and knowledge inputs as well as the provision of international connectivity all privilege agglomerations as the site of innovations and economic growth. Spatially these developments tend to lead to an upscaling of functional urban regions. Upscaling implies that the boundaries of the urban area for several functions tend to stretch themselves beyond the traditionally conceived boundaries of the city. The result is a process of metropolitanization, where urban regions increasingly become functionally polycentric. This applies to the intra-urban scale where the central-place functions re-order themselves, as well as the inter-urban scale where formally disjointed cities increasingly interact and therefore might attain economies of scale due to borrowed size effects.
This session seeks both theoretical and empirical contributions that elucidate causes and consequences of metropolitanization and polycentric development in the contemporary era. Contributions may include but are not limited to:
Scholars interested in presenting a paper in this session are invited to submit an abstract of up to 250 words by October 11 to Michiel van Meeteren, Ghent University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Successful submissions will be contacted by 15 October 2012 and will be expected to register and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by October 24th 2012.