Rome Capital Region: reasons and scope of a different prospective

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New geographies of urban development have been emerging, as a result of the interplay between global driving forces and local socio-economic and institutional conditions. In Central Italy, the influence of the city of Rome has gone beyond the administrative limits and of the Daily urban system traced on the basis of commuting flows. The urban geography of Rome has, no longer, a radial structure, new spatial and functional interdependencies are emerging in a vast and low-density city-region, expanded even beyond regional borders. This paper presents first results of a research carried out by the University of Roma Tre commissioned by the Lazio Region, whose aim is to investigate recent urbanization processes in the city-region of Rome under the above-mentioned perspective, adopting a multiscale approach, critically referred to international studies on the regional dimension of urban development, with an intentional mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Since “conspicuous changes” are now emerging from a series of tactical and opportunistic assemblage, our aim is to underline the need of a renovated multi-level governance, to address the transition from assembling to agencing in terms of a more equal distribution of social and economic opportunities within the regional space.
City-region, Multilevel governance, Assemblage, Agencing