Megaregion as a New Urban Form: a logistic approach

Authors: Adhi Setyanto*, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Delik Hudalah, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Ibnu Syabri, Institut Teknologi Bandung
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography
Keywords: coordination, logistic, megaregions
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
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As a global urban network, megaregion describes the borderless interaction and coordination between economic units in space. This growing interaction and coordination connect and merge many cities with their hinterlands, and create a large scale of urban form. However, this concept is still extensively debated, because its abstract form cannot be delineated spatially. This article aims to discuss the importance of logistics systems on explaining the megaregional process. Initially, the megaregion concept comes from the critics of ‘space of place’ theory limitation in explaining the growing urban form. Thus, many scholars attempt to use the ‘space of flows’ idea to overcome this hindrance by identifying the interaction and coordination process of global economic units through the flows of service and goods. While the transportation is involved on the distribution process, logistic system plays important role in coordination by managing the inbound-outbound logistics and handling material flows. This Interaction and coordination of logistic assign cities and their hinterlands as economic units with different functions and encourage diversification of product as competitiveness indicators.

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