The New Science of Cities



“A brilliant synthesis of how concepts from complexity science change our understanding of cities. Scaling, fractals, and simulation models are clearly explained and used to demonstrate how flows and networks shape cities and how they can be better predicted and managed for improving urban planning and design. A great book for an emerging urban science.”
—Denise Pumain, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut Universitaire de France

“As Michael Batty reminds us with fascinating historical excursus, the idea of developing a ‘science of cities’ is not new. However, today’s explosion of measurements in the urban field—the so-called big data phenomenon—is opening up possibilities that were unthinkable just a few years ago. New research territories are looming, to which this book is a compelling and perfectly timed guide.”
—Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

“Michael Batty has followed a career that has made him the prime interpreter of urban modeling in all its forms. Now his remarkable work has become the foundation of a new science of urban flows and networks that uses big data and sharp theory as tools to dig deep into how and what cities are, and how they can be designed in better ways. This is the book that sets the benchmark that all others will have to follow.”
—Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick


I have had a number of rather nice reviews of the book so far and here I have collected some of these together, and you can get access to them here. Forgive my indulgence.

lseA review by Andrew Karvonen in the LSE Review of Books on January 3rd 2013 and if you click on this link you can gain access to read it. Thanks, Andrew. There is  a review by Tim Smedley along with Anthony Townsend’s Smart Cities book in the December 2013  New Scientist. Click here for that review

szell1Michael Szell gives it a review in Science relating it to ideas about ‘connecting paradigms’. Download the review here. There is a note in Journal of Economic Literature:  52 No. 1 (March 2014), p. 261.

ijgis1Dan Sui from Ohio State University has written a review in a recent issue (2014) of the International Journal of Geographic Information Science  If you click here, or left, you can download a copy of what he has written. Dan draws attention to how the science of cities is underpinned by geographic information science.

JAPA_ReviewA review from Mike Teitz at Berkeley in August 2014 Journal of the American Planning Association


A review from Amanda van Eeden (Stellenbosch Uni) published on the blog Urban Africa, from  the African Centre for Studies in the University of Cape Town.