chapter  2
Defi ning the world around us
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Peer review in the broad sense works best when it is complemented by peer exchange that is by bringing field-related experts together in person to discuss basic developments in their field. Similarly, peer review has enormous strengths, but it also has damning problems. However, for all of these limitations, when conducted well, peer review is the best method we have for assessing complex analytical or technical knowledge. This potential explains why peer review remains important in contemporary intellectual life. The peer review process developed here is a response to these strengths and weaknesses. The report should give answers to the following questions: If a city has the capacity, it is a distinct advantage to also develop an urban profile of the whole city before the peer-review meeting However, here we have only the space to make some of the more stark points that are revealed by the mapping.