Over recent years, sustained urbanization has led to the emergence of a new territorial phenomenon: metropolitan areas. The new social, economic and environmental dynamics and challenges that these territories pose for humanity, question the established knowledge surrounding the management of urban areas and demand new tools and training with a multidisciplinary approach. In this context, the TELLme (Training for Education, Learning and Leadership towards a new MEtropolitan discipline) Project constitutes an effort to bridge the gap between theory and practice regarding large metropolitan areas around the world.
With the aim of promoting a discipline that addresses the problems of metropolitan regions, TELLme’s purpose is to create a community of urban practitioners focused on metropolitan issues. It aims to strengthen social capital, primarily through a network of experts and peer-to-peer learning, as well as to generate new collective knowledge and a global foundation for a discipline that will see its peak in the near future.
As part of the TELLme project, CIPPEC has led the development of the Inaugural Book. The main objective of this book is to establish, at a global level, the importance of comprehensively addressing challenges faced by large urban agglomerations. The book sets the foundations of a new discipline that until now has not consisted of a defined set of rules and concepts. It also constitutes logical frameworks and scenarios that aid in understanding the complexity of the metropolis. The book is targeted at academic institutions, metropolitan stakeholders, public officers and anyone who is interested in understanding metropolitan phenomena, as well as those setting up metropolitan institutions.
The new discipline will only evolve if academic institutions and other interested stakeholders participate in the metropolitan debate. The book is a valuable and comprehensive contribution that invites us to become better prepared for addressing the complexity of metropolitan planning, development and governance.