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2018 | 35 European Territorial Governance and National Spatial Planning Practices | 127--131
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Book Review: The Poverty of Territorialism. A Neo-Medieval View of Europe and European Planning

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In his recent book, Faludi - one of the most innovative and non-schematic contemporary researchers and observers of the European spatial realm - summarises and shares his experience on key issues related to space, and the latter's role and significance in governance in the European context. At first glance, this book might appear to be a routine task for a scholar of such calibre, but it is far from a typical scientific resume. On the contrary, this book is a breathtaking read, full of smart anecdotes and unexpected real-life examples that greatly illustrate the author's thinking, rich with historical parallels and universal parabolas. Each page and chapter speaks to the reader and contains such passion and strength that one might very well gain the impression of participating in a real-time personal chat with the author. Of course, this is on purpose. Through this dynamic and seemingly interactive narrative style, Faludi tries to convey significant information regarding space, as well as the future of the European project itself. He looks ahead into the coming decades, identifies potential key frictions and inconsistencies and horns a warning bell, challenging, not only our stereotypes, but also several crucial axioms underpinning the spatial sciences. (fragment of text)
  • University of Gdańsk, Poland
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