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.

The Evolution of Space
The evolution of space

The evolution of global cities, with its inherent characteristic of space expansion and unique spatial structure, is an important foundation for the global cities networks to exercise their functions. The expansion process of global cities is a part of the study on the dynamics of contemporary global cities and is, thus, an important element of its dynamic evolution.

Space Expansion

Based on the space of places and space of flows, and with a strong and inherent characteristic of space expansion in its evolution, global cities keep bringing peripheral regions into the flows of geography, and become functional urban regions in the context of globalization. This is closely connected with economic globalization that goes beyond a territorial and scalar ...

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