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The phenomenon of metropolitan regions has already been much investigated and "planned" in many key policy programmes although it has not yet been comprehensively analysed from the spatial point of view and operationalised.
This is where the current study starts by discussing from the outset the issue of metropolitan functions. What turns areas into metropolitan areas? Do they represent economic key functions within a globalised economy or do historical, political and cultural factors also play a role?
The study therefore first focuses on redefining metropolitan functions beyond classical explanatory models. For that purpose, theories and patterns from the fields of social science and regional economics will be analysed. Secondly, metropolitan functions and their spatial distribution in Europe will be analysed. The result is an analytically and theoretically substantiated, comprehensive view of European metropolitan areas.
Jürgen Göddecke-Stellmann; Dr. Rupert Kawka, Dr. Horst Lutter, Thomas Pütz,
Volker Schmidt-Seiwert, Dr. Karl Peter Schön, Martin Spangenberg
in cooperation with
Gabriele Costa, Dirk Gebhardt, Heike Kemmerling, Claus Schlömer, Stefan Schmidt, Marisa Trimborn
Translation: Beatrix Thul
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Bonn
Dr. Karl Peter Schön
German version: Metropolräume in Europa. Analysen Bau. Stadt. Raum., Band 1, Bonn 2010
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