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What is the contemporary urban world?

Urban world is a heterogeneous place, with intra and inter-regional differences

China is hugely significant – 682 million of the world’s urban population are there.

UN projects that China and India will account for about 1/3 of the coming increase in the urban population


What are some facts about population regarding the contemporary urban world?

Most of the world’s urban population live in small to medium sized cities

Much of the world’s population live in cities with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants

Points of linkage between town and country but integrated into national and global systems


What are mega cities?

These are cities with populations of over 10 million.

UN found that today Asia has 13 megacities, Latin America has four, and Africa, Europe and Northern America have two each.


What is urban growth and urbanisation?

Urban growth=absolute increase in size of urban population

Urbanisation= the relative shift in population distribution from rural areas into town and cities

Urban growth and urbanisation are relatively recent….


What is the interdependency theory of global urban development?

Urbanisation in core and periphery are inter-related

Global urban development is a consequence of 2 linked processes:
changes in wealth accumulation
the evolution of a world system of nations


What are the four changes in wealth accumulation?


Industrial capitalism (colonialism/imperialism)

Monopoly capitalism (state imperialism)

Transnational corporate capitalism (corporate imperialism)


What is Mercantilism?


Main sources of wealth were trade in commodities

Urban development focused on European ports, like Venice, Genoa, Amsterdam

Urban development very limited

Role of periphery was supply of agricultural goods and raw materials

Settlement patterns focused on coasts


What is Industrial Capitalism?


Britain at forefront of industrial revolution

Growth of cities like London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dundee


What is Monopoly Capitalism?


Focus is North west Europe, North America and coasts of empires

Dominant cities are London and New York


What is Corporate Capitalism?

1950 onwards

Rise of the transnational corporation

Investment by global capitalists in selected cities

Displacement of rural populations


State contrasting views of geographers on the links between globalisation and the city… pessimism versus optimism.

David Harvey: globalisation has led to a reactionary, place-based politics

Doreen Massey: globalization has lead to a progressive local politics of place


What is a "pessimistic" reading of globalisation for cities? (Part 1)

Changes in mobility of production mean cities are under threat from the restructuring of economic relations at a global level.

Urban infrastructure is a form of fixed capital which exists in tension with other forms of mobile capital.

Mobility leads to place investment and disinvestment.

Old places have to be devalued, destroyed and redeveloped, new places are created: the cathedral city becomes a heritage centre, the mining community become a ghost town, the old industrial centre is deindustrialised


What is a "pessimistic" reading of globalisation for cities? (Part 2)

Globalization is seen as something anxiety provoking for those who seek to invest in the fixities of a place based existence.

Harvey’ s view is that the city can be something reactionary, exclusive.

The city is an immobile connection between a group of people and a site

The city is implicated in debates about us (people who belong in a place) and them (people who do not).


What is a consequence of globalisation for cities?

City competition at global level.


What is an optimistic reading for globalisation for cities?

Massey develops a progressive global sense of place

Globalised cities are about combining objects, things, thoughts in new kinds of ways….

The walk down her main shopping street in North London is a celebration of diversity and hybridity

This does not mean a complete acceptance of globalisation, but a total rejection would be just as uncritical


What strategies should cities pursue in an era of globalisation?

Locational strategies: economic growth model focused on the costs of land, labour and capital (inspired by Peterson’s (1981) City Limits thesis)

World class community orientations: gaining a niche in the global economy…

Entrepreneurial mercantilism: ‘to grow what we have, to expand what we have’

Asset-based human capital strategies: local job creation, education and training

Sustainable development: recycling, pollution reduction, growth management, community health

Or different strategies altogether?


What is the new global economic order?

Key changes in manufacturing: shift from core to periphery

A new international division of labour

But requires a new pattern of international finance: the global financial system

Still transnational corporate capitalism, or something beyond that?


What are socio-economic consequences of global urban development?

Where does responsibility for dealing with problems lie: with developing or developed world?

Urbanisation leads to development of an informal sector (generally illegal, but separate from the criminal economy). 1/3 to 1/2 of output

Urbanisation leads to ‘shanty towns’

Issues re service provision

Health issues in urban development (and in comparison to more rural areas)

Environment and health


What is global finance characterised by?

Foreign direct investment: US$1.3 trillion in 2000 cf. US$94 billion in 1982

Institutional infrastructure: e.g. IMF, World Bank

This move both gives rise to – and is enabled by – internationalisation of production

Things will have changed a lot with the recent financial crisis (and may change further)

However, still a functioning global financial system that plays a role in many cities


What are the three E's?



What is Environment?

Environment: what are the environmental consequences, good and bad, of redevelopment?


What is Equity?

Equity: how far does redevelopment contribute to a more equitable society by reducing socio-economic inequalities?


What is economy?

Economy: how does redevelopment allow economic growth in ways which minimize risks to the environment?


According to Haughton and Hunter 2003, what are the ecological principles?

Prevention is better than cure
Nothing stands alone
Minimize waste
Maximize the use of renewable and recyclable materials


What are the ecological principles?

Maintain and enhance requisite variety
Identify and respect local, regional and global environmental tolerances
Enhance environmental understanding through research


What are the social and economic principles?

Use of appropriate technology, materials and design

Create new indicators of economic and environmental wealth

Create new indicators of economic and environmental productivity

Establish acceptable minimum standards through regulatory control

Continue action to internalise environmental costs into the market

Ensure social acceptability of environmental policies

Widespread public participation


What are management principles?


Flexibility in devising and implementing environmental policy regimes

Long term strategies are necessary for environmental management

Improved coordination across environment-related policies

Non-discrimination and equal right of hearing

Need for better availability and understanding of environmental information


What are plans for sustainability in European cities?

Green urbanism: compact and ecological urban form

Sustainable mobility

Building pedestrian cities

Greening the urban environment

Renewable energy and closed-loop cities


What city can be used as an example for planning for sustainability in America?



How does the sustainable indicators project used in Seattle help environment & population and resources?

biodiversity, air quality, soil erosion, and open space

Population and resources:
solid waste produced; vehicle mile travelled, residential water consumption, renewable energy use