Flemish Diamond or ABC-Axis? The spatial structure of the Belgian metropolitan area

@article{vanMeeteren2016FlemishDO,
  title={Flemish Diamond or ABC-Axis? The spatial structure of the Belgian metropolitan area},
  author={Michiel van Meeteren and Kobe Boussauw and Ben Derudder and Frank Witlox},
  journal={European Planning Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={24},
  pages={974 - 995}
}
ABSTRACT This contribution traces the evolution of the Belgian urban system by adopting a historical taxonomy of agglomeration-economy regimes, and poses the question whether a new centralizing agglomeration-economy regime based on renewed ‘metropolization’ can be observed. Belgium has federalized into three regions during the last decades and different spatial perspectives emerged about how the central metropolitan area crosscuts the regional borders. After placing Belgian metropolization in… 

Urban questions in the countryside? Urbanization and the collective consumption of electricity in early twentieth-century Belgium

ABSTRACT This paper studies the early phases of the process of electrification in Belgium in order to shed light on the emergence of a distributed model of urbanization. The paper argues that the

Unpacking the advanced producer services complex in world cities: Charting professional networks, localisation economies and markets

Limited empirical evidence in support of world-city formation has been the ‘dirty little secret’ of the eponymous research area. Since the late 1990s, inspired by Sassen’s account of The Global City,

Planning for agglomeration economies in a polycentric region: Envisioning an efficient metropolitan core area in Flanders

To some degree, metropolitan regions owe their existence to the ability to valorize agglomeration economies. The general perception is that agglomeration economies increase with city size, which is

Containment and Connectivity in Dutch Urban Systems: A Network‐Analytical Operationalisation of the Three‐Systems Model

This paper discusses key methodological issues with nodalising interaction data of urban networks to produce a state‐of‐the‐art settlement geography of the Netherlands. We operationalise the

Belgian Design Laboratories of Post-sprawl Urbanisation

What makes urban projects urban and what does it take to urbanise deliberately? This is a highly pertinent question in the Flemish context, where the regional design agenda is driven by the

Polycentricity of daily urban systems: A misconceived concept and buzzword in ‘metropolitan’ planning practice

Spatial planning practice is increasingly facing the challenge of managing the complexity of daily urban systems. As a normatively defined spatial imaginary, the concept of polycentricity has become

Opportunities for reinforcing cross-border railway connections: the case of the Liège (Belgium) – Maastricht (the Netherlands) connection

ABSTRACT Efficient mobility is an essential driving force for the development of cross-border (CB) regions. The different settings and visions of neighbouring CB entities may lead to unsatisfactory

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 118 REFERENCES

Clusters, Dispersion and the Spaces in Between: For an Economic Geography of the Banal

While the geographical clustering of economic activities remains an enduring feature of the industrial landscape and a perennial source of theoretical and empirical interest, the geographical scale

An economic analysis of the Flemish Diamond

Abstract This paper analyses the economic role of polynucleated international urban networks in general and that of the Flemish Diamond in particular. It intends to answer three particular questions.

Regulating Regional Uneven Development and the Politics of Reconfiguring Belgian State Space

:  This article mobilises a strategic-relational approach to state spatial restructuring to overcome the weaknesses of the conventional “New Regionalist” account in economic geography of the

Locational Patterns and Dynamics of Industrial Activity in the Modern Metropolis

This paper attempts to review and re-structure a mass of published ideas on the geography of industrial activity in the modern metropolis. The argument proceeds in a series of stages. First, some

Measuring urban polycentrism: a European case study and its implications

New models of urban structures have emerged based on the assumption that metropolitan areas are increasingly decentralized, central business districts becoming less important in terms of employment

Brussels, a truncated metropolis

This paper describes and analyses the geographical development and the governmental, budget and administrative structure of Brussels. It defines the place Brussels occupies among the cities of Europe

Reality versus Policy: The Delineation and Testing of Local Labour Market and Spatial Policy Areas

As part of the empirical planning science, this article integrates theory, empirical findings and policy. It first deals with the question how to reach a theoretically well-grounded and empirical

Metropolisation of the European Economic Territory as a Consequence of Increasing Specialisation of Urban Agglomerations in the Knowledge Economy

Abstract The development of Europe's economic territory today can be characterised as a process of metropolisation of economic development potentials and innovation capacities. “Metropolisation” is a

Going up the Country: Internationalization and Urbanization on Frankfurt's Northern Fringe

In this paper the current period of urbanization, which to a higher degree than ever before blurs conventional notions of core and periphery, is explored. Cities today appear as multicentered, nodal,

The Economic Performance of European Cities and City Regions: Myths and Realities

The ever-increasing concentration of people and economic growth in the largest cities relative to the rest of the country has slowed down or even reversed in many of the developed European countries
...