Theoretical Models of Time-Space: The Role of Transport Networks in the Shrinking and Shrivelling of Geographical Space

  • Alain L’HostisEmail author
Part of the Methodos Series book series (METH, volume 11)


Understanding the distance between places is a fundamental task for the geographer, while the representation of distances constitutes the primary function of cartography. This is why a time-distance representation is a critical tool for the contemporary geographer. Among the types of maps introduced to represent time-space, anamorphoses were supplemented with time-space relief cartography in the 1990s. In one aspect, globalization has been made possible primarily through a reduction in time-distances, which are allowable by high travel speeds, particularly through the development of air transportation. However, the metropolitanization process, which is seen as the urban counterpart of globalization, is deeply associated with the development of air connection platforms. Both phenomena are intrinsically linked with the formation of distance, specifically with time-distances.


Secondary Network Urban Counterpart Spatial Inversion Cartographical Representation Urban Public Transport 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris-Est, LVMT, IFSTTARVilleneuve D’ascq CedexFrance

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