Policies, Plans and Metrics
Edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo
Preface: Introducing Knowledge-based Development of Prosperous Knowledge Cities
Preface Introducing: knowledge-based development of prosperous knowledge cities Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo BUILDING PROSPEROUS KNOWLEDGE CITIES That this is the century of knowledge cities, is an insight many people have already experienced but many more have yet to realize (Carrillo, 2006; Yigitcanlar et al., 2008a). Once that insight takes place, the space of possibilities for urban development and for the upgrade of human experience, both leapfrog. A critical and constructive adoption of the knowledge cities paradigm requires an understanding of the reach and depth of both urban life and knowledge-based experience in global futures. A recently released report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI, 2011) indicates the extent to which urban economic history (as the report calls it) is changing dramatically nowadays. According to this source, a mere 600 urban centers concentrating only a fifth of the world’s population, generate more than half of global GDP. While stressing the emergence of cities as development engines, this fact might reinforce the received view that well-known megalopolises will continue to concentrate both population and production, and that today’s major destinations around the world will consolidate tomorrow (Yigitcanlar et al., 2008b; Metaxiotis et al., 2010). That is not necessarily the case. The McKinsey Report also shows that while in 2007, nearly half of global GDP came from 380 cities in developed regions, by 2025 one-third of these cities will no longer enter the top 600 and 135 new cities will make it to this list. To quote the report,...