Transport and urban territory: From the causality to the dialectical paradigm

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The analysis of transport and territory has traditionally been based on the paradigm of causality, which confers on transport the ability to determine urban space or, conversely perceives it as a creation of urban space. To evercome this unilinear relation which not only implies the operational and cultural separation between these two disciplines, but also has resulted in the incomprehension of the interaction between mobility and the city; this text opts for the dialectical paradigm. A paradigm which insists on the coherence of the interaction between the dynamics territory and transport, as a model of reciprocal adaptation in a dialectical process, where the operational systems are open and are expressed in distinct territorial scales and include various temporal dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-120
JournalDocuments d' Analisi Geografica
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Causality dialectical
  • City
  • Mobility
  • Paradigm
  • Transport


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