Understanding changes in ways of thinking about cities and their territories

The texts in this section explore the notions, ideas, ideologies and issues that guide and have in the past guided urban policies. They provide elements to help the reader understand the birth of some of these notions and ideas, the changes they have undergone, the debates they inspire and how they are translated into action tools. So they address both current ‘emerging’ issues (resiliency, smart cities, downsizing, immaterial assets, territorial metabolism, industrial ecology, circular economy, territorial œconomy, shared territorial asset, service economy, local currency, etc.) and issues that were at the heart of urban thinking some time ago (ex: the right to the city, functional cities, etc.)


  • What ideas underlie urban action?

  • How do these ideas appear and evolve?

  • How are the ways of thinking about cities and their development being discussed?

  • What are the links, similarities and contradictions between the different ways of thinking about cities and their development?

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A notion