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Small towns and metropolitan cores: towards cooperation?

Meeting in Berlin

ARL International ARL International
published on 31/08/21

Intending to enforce further thematic discussion and narrow down the scope of the joint work, the group met in Berlin, Germany, on 23-25.08.2021.

The meeting was organised in a hybrid setting, consisting of seven group members being present in Berlin and three others who joined virtually.

Throughout the three meeting days, the group discussed a broad spectrum of topics building up upon the small town-metropolitan core relations; starting from multiple national context-dependent understandings of small towns, continuing through the undeniable importance of socio-spatial aspects and finishing by exemplifying various perspectives (e.g. narrative, relational) that have to be taken into account during the further research.

The interdisciplinary exchange indeed allowed a more comprehensive exploration of the components mentioned above, which eventually led to reaching a scientific consensus on groups’ thematic objectives.

These will serve as the starting point for identifying future research steps during the next meeting in early spring 2022.

Fig. 2. The participants of the meeting in front of German Parliament Buildings. © Christophe Demazière
Fig. 2. The participants of the meeting in front of German Parliament Buildings. © Christophe Demazière