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 Tendencies of Global Cities
Evolutionary tendencies of global cities

The evolution of individual global cities demonstrates diversified features based on their various backgrounds, resources, constraints, ‘DNA’ (unique characters) and so on. But if we observe the evolution of global cities in different groups, we could discover certain patterns—spatial organizations from certain perspectives, which constitute an important part of the evolution of global cities. The study of the evolutionary tendencies of global cities reveals the development trends and features of the evolution of global cities.

Evolutionary Tendencies Based on Network Intensification

With the expansion of the WCN, the connections between the nodes become more intensive and closer, which means that the density of the network increases. During this process of network intensification, global cities also show ...

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