Keywords: cities, urban images, urban–rural divide, governance, urban planning, strategic planning
Cities in a shrinking globe
Our world is turning into an urban world. This New Urban World prompts a great variety of research and policy challenges. The present paper seeks to map out such challenges and to explore new roads for a strategically–based urban planning for the future of our planet. An exploratory tool employed here is formed by 'urban images'. The urban–rural divide is also discussed, as well as future strategic options for cities.