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 II)

A Case Study of ‘Shanghai 2050’ Global City Vision (Part II)
A case study of ‘shanghai 2050’ global city vision (part ii)
Prospects of Shanghai's Evolution to a Global City

The evolution of a city is a dynamic process, and it remains uncertain whether Shanghai will successfully grow into a global city by 2050. It is impossible to accurately map the process through the use of any econometric model, nor can any subjective estimation be fully justifiable. But still we can apply the trend forecasting method to extrapolate some relatively certain factors and trends from the uncertain dynamic process, and to forecast the prospect of Shanghai's evolution into a global city by measuring the probability of certain scenarios.

10.1.1. Shanghai's Emergence as a Future Global City

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