The world has changed profoundly since the publication of the influential book Technopoles of the World. As policy-makers and practitioners attempt to harness science, technology and innovation to create dynamic and vibrant cities many wonder how relevant Manuel Castells and Peter Hall's messages are today. Twenty years later, this book returns to their concepts and practices to update their message for the 21st century.

Making 21st Century Knowledge Complexes: Technopoles of the World Revisited argues that the contemporary technopole concept encompasses three new dimensions. Firstly, building synergy between partners is vital for the success of complexes. Secondly, the correct governance arrangements are critical to balance competing interests inevitable in any science city project. Thirdly, new evaluation mechanisms are indispensable in allowing policy-makers to steer their long-term benefits.

Through twelve case study chapters and a detailed comparative analysis, this book provides academics, policy-makers and practitioners with critical insights in understanding, managing and promoting today's high-technology urban complexes.

section 1|19 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Technopoles of the world

Changes, dynamics and challenges
ByJulie Tian Miao, Benneworth Paul, Nicholas A. Phelps

section 2|82 pages

Synergy management

chapter 2|18 pages

The entrepreneurial university as a technopole platform

A global phenomenon
ByHenry Etzkowitz

chapter 3|21 pages

Back to the future of high technology fantasies?

Reframing the role of knowledge parks and science cities in innovation-based economic development
ByMilana A. Korotka, Paul Benneworth, Tiago Ratinho

chapter 4|20 pages

Synergy management at knowledge locations

ByWillem van Winden, Luis Carvalho

chapter 5|21 pages

From technopoles to science cities

Characteristics of a new phase of science cities
ByDavid R. Charles

section 3|86 pages

Space, place and governance

chapter 6|23 pages

Context matters

The English Science Cities and visions for knowledge-based urbanism
ByBeth Perry, Tim May

chapter 7|21 pages

Territorial politics of collective provision in Hsinchu high-tech city-region

From a perspective of territorial structure of the state
ByWei-Ju Huang

chapter 8|21 pages

Suburbs in the cognitive-cultural capitalist economy

Limits to the suburban knowledge and creative strategies in Madrid and Lisbon
ByMário Vale

chapter 9|19 pages

Urban innovation as urban redevelopment in Spain?

The Janus-face of Barcelona's science and technology parks
ByAntònia Casellas

section 4|83 pages

Heterogeneity and technopoles' evaluation

chapter 10|16 pages

Science and Technology Parks: does one size fit all?

The importance of park and firm heterogeneity
ByAlberto Albahari

chapter 11|23 pages

Stories behind science parks

Resources and networking in Optics Valley of China, Wuhan
ByJulie Tian Miao

chapter 12|20 pages

Neither special nor diverse

Contradictions in the economic logic of technology parks in Malaysia
BySharifah R. S. Dawood, Nicholas A. Phelps

chapter 13|22 pages

Science parks and their contribution to regional development

The example of the Campus Tulln Technopole
BySimone Strauf, Roland Scherer

section 5|23 pages


chapter 14|21 pages

Old and new lessons for technopoles

ByPaul Benneworth, Julie Tian Miao, Nicholas A. Phelps