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Die Neunte Stadt: Wilde Grenzen und Städteregion Ruhr 2030 [Book Review]

Frank, Andrea Irmgard 2007. Die Neunte Stadt: Wilde Grenzen und Städteregion Ruhr 2030 [Book Review]. Planning Theory 6 (1) , pp. 95-100. 10.1177/147309520700600107

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In this book, Davy outlines a theoretical model termed ‘the ninth city’, which facilitates regional governance and strategic spatial planning rooted in respect for difference, the exploitation of space potentials, and flexibility. The model contextualizes and generalizes experiences and ideas developed during an 18-month-long collaborative project involving local government representatives from Germany’s rust belt cities along the rivers Emscher and Ruhr, as well as academics from the University of Dortmund. This practice-based project titled ‘City Region Ruhr 2030’ pursued a twofold goal: 1) fostering cooperation amongst municipalities; and 2) developing an overall paradigmatic concept or image (Leitbild) that would guide the future development of the densely urbanized region formed by the eight independent cities of Duisburg, Oberhausen, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mühlheim-upon-Ruhr, Herne, Bochum and Dortmund (see IRPUD, n.d.). Davy applies three theoretical lenses to examine the implications of borders and boundaries, cooperation dynamics, and selfdetermination, on the outcome of the project.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1473-0952
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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