i am an architecture student from berlin, germany.
i've been following your interesting conversations on this list for a
while now and would like to post a tentative request on
literature/papers about "the city and its centre".
if anyone could point me to veritable theses/articles etc. concerned
with, but no limited to, the questions about
a) what makes a city centre the city centre?
b) how do sociological aspects fit into the general picture, i.e. usage
of the centre and provision of cultural/commercial services
c) exemplary historical development models of city centres, also
considerung polycentric developments
d) mapping of flows, movements and services in cities, especially taking
into account structural differences between centre and non-centre
i'd be most grateful! i'll post a summary to the list later.
i am aware of the work being done at CASA, London, and the GaWC network;
though the focus there seems to be primarily on Geography/ GIS and
GLobal Cities, respectively.
thanks for your time!