The idea: Metropolis light or regional centre deluxe
Metropolis is an established term of regional planning, which describes big cities with over one million residents. These cities are generating academic, economic, political and cultural centres, maintaining essential supplies and can be seen as a driving force for the development for their broadly defined surrounding area (Metropolis region). The status as a metropolis provides a positive external effect to a city and its region and at the same time puts it in a more promising position to encourage their growth and innovations.
But what happens to the smaller cities which find themselves apart from metropolis regions and are rather located in rural spaces? The smaller cities whose extensive enlargement (circumference) and population is much smaller as compared to the metropolises, but which nevertheless play a significant role in their region which is beyond the normal extent of a regional centre? These cities and their subordinate regions are currently given little attention by the general public. Hence it is making any kind of development difficult, may it be the cultural, economic or academic progress. To seal this gap in the urban system, the concept of regiopolis has been born as a smaller sister of the metropolis.