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Informational Quantity Versus Informational Quality: The Perils of Navigating the Space of Flows


  • Kathy Pain
  • Peter Hall


Pain K. and Hall P. Informational quantity versus informational quality: the perils of navigating the space of flows, Regional Studies. The paper outlines the conceptual framework of the POLYNET transnational study. It explains how four key concepts - the Mega-City Region, Polycentricity, Advanced Producer Services, and Information Flows - underpin the overarching research objective: the empirical investigation of emergent urban Mega-City Region processes in North West Europe through the analysis of 'regional spaces of flows'. This analysis, using quantitative and qualitative approaches, produces new insights and raises new questions that inform important spatial policy debates on regional 'polycentricity', which are considered in depth in the study's diverse regional narratives. [image omitted] Pain K. et Hall P. Quantite et qualite de l'information: les dangers de la navigation a travers les flux d'informations, Regional Studies. Cet article decrit brievement le cadre conceptuel de l'etude transnationale POLYNET. Nous expliquons comment quatre grands concepts, la megalopole regionale, la polycentricite, les services de producteurs de pointe et les flux d'informations, etayent l'objectif determinant de la recherche: l'analyse sur des processus des megalopoles regionales urbaines emergentes dans le nord de l'Europe occidentale par l'examen des «espaces regionaux de flux». Cette analyse, qui utilise des approches quantitatives et qualitatives, genere de nouvelles informations et suscite de nouvelles questions qui contribuent aux grands debats sur la politique de l'espace en matiere de polycentricite regionale, examinee en profondeur dans les divers documents regionaux de cette etude. Megalopole regionale Polycentricite morphologique/fonctionnelle Premiere ville Service de producteurs de pointe Espaces de flux Specialisation fonctionnelle Pain K. und Hall P. Informationelle Quantitat oder informationelle Qualitat: die Gefahren der Navigation im Raum von Stromen, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag wird der konzeptuelle Rahmen der transnationalen POLYNET-Studie beschrieben. Wir erlautern, wie vier zentrale Konzepte - Megastadtregion, Polyzentrizitat, Wirtschaftsdienstleistungen und Informationsstrome - dem ubergreifenden Forschungsziel zugrundeliegen: der empirischen Untersuchung der neu entstehenden Megastadtregionsprozesse in Nordwesteuropa durch die Analyse der 'regionalen Raume von Stromen'. Aus dieser Analyse, fur die quantitative und qualitative Ansatze zur Anwendung kommen, gehen neue Einblicke und Fragen hervor, die sich auf die wichtigen raumpolitischen Debatten uber regionale 'Polyzentrizitat' auswirken, welche in der Studie anhand verschiedener regionaler Beispiele ausfuhrlich erortert werden. Megastadtregion Morphologische/funktionale Polyzentrizitat Erste Stadte Wirtschaftsdienstleistungen Raume von Stromen Funktionale Spezialisierung Pain K. y Hall P. ¿Cantidad de la informacion o calidad de la informacion?: El peligro de la navegacion en el espacio de flujos, Regional Studies. En este articulo destacamos la estructura conceptual del estudio transnacional POLYNET. Explicamos como los cuatro conceptos principales -la region mega-ciudad, la policentralidad, los servicios avanzados de productores y los flujos de informacion- confirman el objetivo de investigacion predominante: la investigacion empirica de los procesos emergentes en las regiones mega-ciudad urbanas al noroeste de Europa mediante el analisis de los 'espacios regionales de flujos'. Con ayuda de enfoques cuantitativos y cualitativos, en este analisis aportamos nuevas perspectivas y planteamos nuevas preguntas que responden a debates importantes sobre la politica espacial en la 'policentralidad' regional que se analiza a fondo en diversos estudios sobre ejemplos regionales. Region mega-ciudad Policentralidad morfologico/funcional Primeras ciudades Servicios avanzados de productores Espacios de flujos Especializacion funcional

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  • Kathy Pain & Peter Hall, 2008. "Informational Quantity Versus Informational Quality: The Perils of Navigating the Space of Flows," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(8), pages 1065-1077.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:42:y:2008:i:8:p:1065-1077
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400701808865

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    1. Alain Thierstein & Stefan Lüthi, 2012. "Interlocking Firm Networks in the German Knowledge Economy: The Case of the Emerging Mega-city Region of Munich," Chapters, in: Marina van Geenhuizen & Peter Nijkamp (ed.),Creative Knowledge Cities, chapter 13, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Evert Meijers & Martijn Burger & Edward L. Glaeser & Giacomo A. M. Ponzetto & Yimei Zou, 2016. "Urban networks: Connecting markets, people, and ideas," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 95(1), pages 17-59, March.
    3. Stefan Luethi & Alain Thierstein & Michael Bentlage, 2011. "Interlocking firm networks in the German knowledge economy. On local networks and global connectivity," ERSA conference papers ersa10p120, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Juan Eduardo Chica & Carlos Marmolejo, 2016. "Knowledge economy and metropolitan growth: Barcelona and Helsinki metropolitan areas as case studies," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(1), pages 22-42.
    5. Reades, Jonathan & Smith, Duncan, 2014. "Mapping the ‘space of flows’: the geography of global business telecommunications and employment specialization in the London mega-city-region," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 55812, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.


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