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Modern Cities Need a Vision to Shape Their Future

  • José Palma Andrés
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Abstract

This chapter aims to answer the following questions important for the elaboration of an urban agenda and, more specifically, for the Eixo Atlántico Urban Agenda:
  • Is the model of functional urban areas (FUA) defended by the EU applicable to cross-border regions with a polycentric system of small and medium-sized cities?

  • What role should the rural areas that surround cities have in urban planning?

  • Based on the principle that the model of FUAs is applicable to the reality of cross-border regions, how can these areas contribute to the management of services between medium-sized and dispersed cities?

  • Given that one of the characteristics of cross-border regions is urban sprawl, which puts undue strain on public funds and entails inefficient use of natural resources, what alternatives can be trialed to resolve this dispersion?

  • Apropos the principle of the sustainability of this territory, how can we make the interior of cities more attractive?

  • Should the medium-sized and small European cities of the future move to being vertical, horizontal or mixed cities?

Keywords

Territorial cooperation Functional urban areas Polycentric city system Cross-border regions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Palma Andrés
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  1. 1.DG REGIOEuropean CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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