A new place for transport in urban network theory: The urban logistic network

Michael-W. Serruys, Giovanni Favero, Miki Sugiura

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Transport history has developed in close association with urban network theory. However, this association has often remained implicit and not conceptualised. This article starts from an overview of the historiography on urban networks to question the limitations of historical urban network theory by highlighting the connection between an incomplete mapping of hinterlands and the prevalence of a neo-Christallerian model in the interpretation of their network shape. The concept of the 'urban logistic network' is proposed as an alternative historical approach that focuses on the interaction between urban systems on one hand, and transport and mobility on the other. In particular, it enables to clarify the conflated concepts of gateways and hinterlands and construct a taxonomy that allows the examination of network patterns on a variety of geographical scales. It also identifies the variety of network shapes that are created in urban systems by different logistic connections.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)256-276
Aantal pagina's21
TijdschriftJournal of Transport History
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - aug 2022
EvenementWorkshop Gateways & Hinterlands: The role of trade - Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy
Duur: 27 jan 201128 jan 2011
Congresnummer: G&H


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