INTAMetropolisationAssociation Deltametropolis and INTA are organising a Roundtable on the 22nd of March 2011 on "Defining the Metropolis". This is an activity of INTA's Community of Competence on Innovative Metropolitan Development of which Deltametropolis is a lead partner. 

With Defining the Metropolis, the Association Deltametropolis researches the influence of top urban functions on the development of urban agglomerations in the world. The methodology of the research is based on the Metropolitan Function Index, developed by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development. The Index of Metropolitan Functions defines five areas: politics, economy, science, transport and culture. The five areas of metropolitan functions are supported by indicators: specific urban functions. When allowed by available data, the global top list of these different urban functions are used.

The results of Defining the Metropolis are input for City of Interaction, a public programme consisting of public lectures and expert meetings, which focuses on what urban programme of activities and facilities the Randstad can afford and needs to strive for. Lecture series City of Interaction will take place during the summer and autumn of 2011.

Agenda:
10:15 Introduction by Paul Gerretsen on the Metropolitan Research Programme and Michel Sudarskis on the Community of Competences.
10:30 Introduction by Rupert Kawka on the methodology of the Metropolitan Function Index.
10:50 Presentation by David Dooghe on the quickscan of the distribution of the top urban functions in the world by the five areas of metropolitan functions. For every area there is time for a short discussion on the used and possible other top urban programs for that area. 
13:45 Presentation by David Dooghe of the first conclusions of the influence of urban functions on the growth of thirty largest (by population) urban agglomerations in the world in 2010 and 2025.
14.00 Discussion on the first conclusions lead by Michel Sudarskis.
15.30 Conclusions of the day, by Paul Gerretsen, Lawrence Barth and Michel Sudarskis.

Questions and issues:

Political:
Europe has main head offices of international organisations (Brussels NATO, Den Hague UN, ...)  and the political, economical and monetary union model is being implemented in many other continents.
What is the influence of such international program of head offices, embassies and the related program on the development of the city and what is the influence of being a (national, international) political centre on the development of the city.

Economic:
San Francisco, the area between Washington and Boston, the Northwest of Europe and Northwest of Asia are settled economies with a concentration of stock exchanges, the world largest corporations and the mayor harbours and airports in the world.
Looking at the global metropolitan economies who recovered between 2007 and 2010, the economies of  South America, the middle East, India, Southwest Asia and the economies surround the settled economies are performing the best.
Are these recovering economies more innovating and undertaking?

Infrastructure:
West Asia is well connected by concentrated points of cargo and passenger traffic. What could be the role of the Randstad in Europa with 2 harbours in the neighbourhood (Rotterdam and Antwerp) and a main cargo and passenger Airport (Schiphol). Could the European network these facilities feed been optimized?

Culture:
The maps shows cities of Europe, with a concentration of western top cultural facilities, and cities of west asia as the most visited cities by estimated number of  international visitors.
Instead trying to define the cultural differences between the cities, the question with this topic rises in there is development of a global metropolitan culture and what are the facilities of this culture?

Science:
Looking at a national level the countries with a concentration of universities in the top 200 are also the countries with the most international congresses and the highest amount of patent grants relative to population.
Looking more precisely at the cities with the most international congress, there is no relation with the cities with the universities in the top 200.
How can universities campuses or knowledge workers in general be more connected to the cities?

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Defining the Metropolis
Defining the Metropolis contains firstly a quickscan of the distribution of the top urban programs in the world and secondly a quickscan of the thirty largest (by population) urban agglomerations in the world in 2010 and 2025, valued by the presence of top urban programmes.
 
This research is based on the | Index of Metropolitan Functions | developed by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development. The Index of Metropolitan Functions defines five areas: politics, economy, science, transport and culture. The five areas of metropolitan functions are supported by indicators: specific urban programs.  When allowed by available data, the global top list of these different urban programs are used.
 
Results
Defining the Metropolis is input for a series of lectures called | City of Interaction |, which will take place at the different universities of the Randstad between June and November 2011. The results will also be presented at INTA's Annual World Congress taking place in Lyon and Grenoble, France from 6-10 November 2011.

The conclusions of Defining the Metropolis will be disseminated within |NTA's Community of Competence on Metropolisation

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