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Book: Strategies of Great Metropolises

Edited in 2010 

Great metropolises are a hot topic : giant blackout in New York, pollution in Mexico City, endless traffic jams in Beijing, bombings in Madrid... but also urban tolls in London, mega projects to move Seoul or Tokyo, intense competition about cities' applications to host the Olympic Games, and race to build the tallest tower.

Over 900 million people are affected daily by the impact on the environment of some 180 existing cities, which count more than two million people. But from whom does it depend? Who does what, where and how in order to improve transportation, water supply, fight against pollution, prevent risks, promote access to housing, organize and promote the development of large cities? From North to South, all of their managers are looking today for solutions, and trying multiple experiments.

This book presents for the first time a synthesis of all, from numerous recent data and concrete examples collected in over one hundred developed and developing metropolises. Beyond the variety of contexts, it allows to understand why these actions could meet  tensions that are increasingly common. Whether in what they do, in what brings or what separates under multiple development or environmental issues, the challenge is considerable everywhere, this is clearly a new "metropolitan governance" that is emerging today.


Gilles Antier, geographer and urban planner graduated from the third cycle of the IEP of Paris, is international director of the Institute of Urban Planning and Development of the Ile-de-France region (IAURIF) and lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes. His work focuses on the management of urban and metropolitan development in the world, referring to many missions carried out in the field since 1980.


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