Contextualising Regional Identity and Imagination in the Construction of Polycentric Urban Regions: The Cases of the Ruhr Area and the Basque Country
van Houtum, H; Lagendijk, A
Urban Studies 38(4): 747-767
ISSN/ISBN: 0042-0980 DOI: 10.1080/00420980120035321
In this contribution, we aim at positioning and sharpening the concept of 'polycentric urban region' (PUR) by comparing it with preceding approaches to interurban interdependency and by discussing its potentials and pitfalls. The main outcome of the comparison is that the notion of a Pur constitutes a strategic rather than an analytical concept.