The Network City

isbMichael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros have written a nice paper on networks which is the online journal Biourbanism. They quote from E. Forster who made much in  stories of the fact that we need to ‘connect’. His novella The Machine Stops says much about the ‘networked’ city.

Posted in Flows, Fluxes, Networks, Urban Dynamics | 3 Comments

More on Urban Science

urbanizationSocial physics, scaling, urban informatics, energy in cities are all elements of a science of cities. The recent article by Solecki, Seto, and Marcotullio ‘It’s Time for an Urbanization Science’ in the magazine Environment develops yet another notion of what this science might be in terms of ecology and sustainability.

Posted in Allometry, Complex Systems, Emergence, Flows, Fluxes, Scaling | 2 Comments

Towards a Science of Cities

sustIn 1999, Jeff Kenworthy & colleagues (Laube & Zeibots) published a paper entitled “Towards a Science of Cities. Jeff recently drew my attention to this and I post it here as it is key to many indicators of city structure and function as developed in their groundbreaking book Cities and Automobile Dependence: An International Sourcebook.

Posted in Allometry, Flows, Fluxes, Morphology, Transport | 3 Comments

The Dangermond Lecture

rankvisualToday/this date I give/gave the Dangermond Lecture at University of California Santa Barbara on Explaining the Dynamics of City Size. Here is the PDF and there is a post on the CASA web site with more links to related work, if you click here

Posted in Allometry, Animations, Complex Systems, Fractal Geometry, Scaling, Social Physics | Leave a comment

Urban Transformations and Urban Structure

Check out Luc D’Acci’s Blog. He has some very interesting projects on mega cities and the internal structure of cities which blends lots of ideas from economics and complexity theory with spatial structures and patterns. Some papers are downloadable

Posted in Complex Systems, Morphology, Social Physics, Uncategorized, Urban Dynamics | 70 Comments