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.
A Case Study of ‘Shanghai 2050’ Global City Vision (Part I)
In this and the next chapters, we will apply the principles of the evolution of global cities and to the case of Shanghai for analysis on the future evolution of global cities. Specifically, we will analyse the main variables and their interrelationships to interpret the dynamic process of evolution, synthetically deduce (estimate) the evolutionary possibilities and visions of Shanghai towards a global city and sketch out the core functions of Shanghai being a global city, with a view to test the predictive power of this evolutionary theory.
We need to put the ‘Shanghai 2050’ case study under the goal-oriented framework of global cities to ...