Over the last decade, there has been a renaissance in the study of the connectivities and polycentricity of European cities in an age of economic prosperity and accelerating globalization ( Hall/Pain 2006 ; Taylor/Ni/Derudder et al. 2011 ). In these extant studies as well as in others (for example Hoyler/Freytag/Mager 2008 ; Derudder/Taylor/Ni et al. 2010 ), German cities, especially those associated with the Rhine hinterland, Ruhr and Main, have displayed relatively mediocre connectivity scores in relation to other European and global
The German urban system is characterised by two types of polycentricity on a regional scale: post-suburban polycentric regions and multi-core polycentric regions. In this paper I examine the role of these two types of polycentricity in the context of globalisation.
To this end, I apply the world city network (WCN) model built by Peter J. Taylor and the GaWC (Globalization and World Cities) research group. The world city network model is an empirical instrument for analysing inter-city relations in terms of the organisational structure of the
Since the spread of the idea of sustainable development, new models and concepts of this development in different spatial scales have been sought. Due to the increasing role of cities in the modern world, they are paid a great deal of attention to, with a view to making their development efficient, safe, resistant to various types of risks, and thus more permanent, stable and sustainable. One such concept, which is gaining in importance in recent years in research on urbanisation processes and the city, is the concept of resilience, adapted to a
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Ausgangspunkt für unseren Beitrag ist ein Städtewettbewerb, den die Deutsche Telekom im Jahr 2006 in Kooperation mit dem Städte- und Gemeindebund bundesweit ausgelobt hatte. Alle deutschen Städte und Gemeinden zwischen 25 OOO und 100 OOO Einwohnern waren aufgefordert, sich an diesem Wettbewerb zu beteiligen, der den markanten Namen T-City trägt und als einen Preis die Vergabe dieses Titels für die Gewinnerstadt in Aussicht stellte. Dach nicht nur dieser Titel war Ansporn für die Städte und Gemeinden, sich an dem Wettbewerb zu beteiligen. So
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A city appears to be an obvious concept only when it is a secondary subject of research and is used as a relatively obvious context. As soon as it becomes the centre of interests, the focus should be not so much on precise and unambiguous definitions but functional conceptualisations ( Matyja, 2017 ). A contemporary city is perceived as a socio-economic system. It is characterised by the complexity of many elements and their interrelations that integrate the city's components so that it can function and develop ( Stawasz & Sikora-Fernandez, 2015
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