The pivotal nodes in the world city network are global cities—cities of supreme strategic value in global economy and politics, science and technology, culture, and society. Global Cities: Past, Present and Future explores the evolution of global cities—their formation, rise, development and tendencies. This book summarizes and interprets global tendencies and also puts forward a theoretical framework that will help researchers understand these cities better. It also makes a compelling case for understanding every city in terms of evolutionary dynamics. The first eight chapters of the book discuss the ontology of global city evolution and patterns, forms and trends of development. The last two chapters study the case of Shanghai, which aims to build itself into an important global city by 2050. This case study illustrates the shaping of a new type of global city that demonstrates new characteristics of the globalized space.

Evolutionary Ontology and Its Core Category

Evolutionary ontology and its core category

The analysis of the evolution of global cities requires a conceptual framework that is quite different from other urban sciences, as they have very different approaches to deal with real entities. In order to establish a new evolutionary paradigm for the global cities theory, it is an essential prerequisite to assume an ontology for the evolution of global cities and elaborate on it. Moreover, a highly abstract core category is indispensable for developing an analysis framework for the evolution of global cities, and it must be able to fully cover the process of dynamic evolution.

Ontology of Global Cities

Ontology, though on a philosophical level, defines our basic view of global cities and is ...

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