Towards a European Geography of Future Perspectives: A Story of Urban Concentration

  • Kai BöhmeEmail author
  • Christian Lüer
  • Maria Toptsidou
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Urban areas and the diversity of urban areas across Europe are a corner stone of territorial cohesion. At the same time, territorial cohesion in Europe is challenged by the dominant role of urban areas in territorial development and in territorial development policies. One may conclude that the urban perspective and territorial cohesion cannot do without each other, but at the same time, they risk to wreck each other. This contribution will further explore this complicated relation. Starting with the growing importance of urban areas, the first section will address the increasing concentration of economic and demographic growth in Europe to urban areas (Böhme and Lüer 2017; ESPON 2017, 2018). Based on the idea that cities act as motors for territorial development in a wider region, over the past decades they have become the centre points for development and future perspectives. The impact this had on territorial cohesion can be discussed at least at two different levels: (a) European and (b) functional urban/regional level.


Urban development Urban diversity Functional urban areas Territorial development Territorial cohesion Fragmentation Europe Concentration Future Foresight Future perspectives 


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  1. 1.Spatial ForesightHeisdorfLuxembourg

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