The Resurgent City

This multidisciplinary event, selected as the first in the Leverhulme Trust’s series of International Symposia aimed to engender a new debate about the implications of the much-heralded resurgence of cities in advanced societies, and what is actually required to realise this goal on a sustained basis, in different kinds of places.

Its starting point was the widespread consensus across academic and policy communities that globalisation, more intense quality-based competition and the rise of the knowledge economy are restoring the economic role of face-to-face contact – and thus of cities, as offering the richest possibilities for such interaction.

Behind this consensus, different views about the key characteristics of successfully resurgent cities, point to real tensions in the ways that cities may develop, and many unanswered questions about how such resurgence is to be achieved in practice.

The focus of the meeting – involving 40 invited speakers from around the world – was on addressing these unanswered questions through interaction between researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and perspectives. Its aim was to build the basis for more productive co-operative work on these issues across the academic and policy communities, rather than to achieve instant fixes for either the intellectual or practical problems.

Staff member: Ian Gordon with Paul Cheshire et al.

Project period: 2003 – 2005

Funding: Leverhulme Trust

Related publications:

  • Cheshire, P. & Gordon, I. (eds.) (2006) Resurgent Cities, special issue of Urban Studies, Vol. 43, no. 8
  • Gordon, I. (2004) ‘The resurgent city; what, where, how and for whom?’ Planning Theory and Practice, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 371-379

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