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Conceptualising, Identifying and Analysing Polycentric Urban Regions

Jorge Gil took part in the workshop 'Conceptualising, Identifying and Analysing Polycentric Urban Regions', convened by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on 'Polycentric Urban Regions' (PURs), at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft on the 28th and 29th of January. He presented recent work on “Exploring disaggregate network definitions of the Randstad from functional, morphological and services perspectives”, where he departs from Arcaute et al. (2016) to explore the emergent regional structures of the Netherlands, adopting three perspectives: Morphological, based on the road network; Functional, based on the mobility patterns between municipalities; and Services, based on the public transport network. This work reveals how the Randstad emerges with different configurations depending on the perspective, demonstrating that the concept and delimitation of PUR’s is indeed multi-scalar and multi-level.

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