Processes of multi-scalar regional urbanization are occurring worldwide. Such processes are clearly distinguishable from those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries due to the shifting concepts of both the city and the metropolis. International literature highlights how what we have historically associated with the idea of cities has long been subjected to consistent reconfiguration, which involves stressing some of the typical features of the idea of "cityness".

Post-Metropolitan Territories: Looking for a New Urbanity is the product of a research project funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). It constitutes a thorough overview of a country that is one of Europe's most diverse in terms of regional development and performance: Italy. This book brings together case studies of a number of Italian cities and their hinterlands and looks at new forms of urbanization, exploring themes of sustainability, industrialization, de-industrialization, governance, city planning and quality of life.

This volume will be of great interest to academics and students who study regional development, economic geography and urban studies, as well as civil servants and policymakers in the field of spatial planning, urban policy, territorial policies and governance.

part |24 pages

Building an atlas of post-metropolitan Italy

chapter 2|11 pages

Towards an observatory of urban Italy

Methodological challenges of the ‘Atlas of post-metropolitan territories’

part |204 pages

Regional portraits

chapter 3|26 pages

Milan beyond the metropolis

chapter 4|22 pages

Turin metropolitan region

From path-dependency dynamics to current challenges

chapter 5|20 pages

Genesis of a fluid metropolitan space

Urban metamorphoses in Venice and Veneto

chapter 6|22 pages

Territory matters

A regional portrait of Florence and Tuscany

chapter 8|23 pages

The Neapolitan urban kaleidoscope

chapter 9|22 pages


An incomplete post-metropolitan area

chapter 10|22 pages

South-eastern Sicily

A counterfactual post-metropolis

chapter 11|24 pages

The territory of the Sardinian Province of Olbia-Tempio on the post-metropolitan horizon

From edge area to node of a new city-world

part |88 pages


chapter 12|25 pages

Corridors as post-metropolitan connectors

The Italian case

chapter 13|10 pages

Place matters

Spatial implications of post-metropolitan transition

chapter 14|8 pages

Institutions matter

Governance and citizenship in a post-metropolitan perspective

chapter 15|7 pages

S-regulation matters

chapter 17|13 pages

Is Italy still special?

Conceptual and empirical remarks on urbanization in the era of globalization

chapter 18|10 pages