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MODELING CITIES AND REGIONS AS COMPLEX SYSTEMS: FROM THEORY TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS. Roger White et al. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. 354 pp. with 108 ills. (15 col.). 24 x 19 cm. LC 2015-9381 ISBN 9780262029568 In English.
Publisher's description: Cities and regions grow (or occasionally decline), and continuously transform themselves as they do so. This book describes the theory and practice of modeling the spatial dynamics of urban growth and transformation. As cities are complex, adaptive, self-organizing systems, the most appropriate modeling framework is one based on the theory of self-organizing systems--an approach already used in such fields as physics and ecology. The book presents a series of models, most of them developed using cellular automata (CA), which are inherently spatial and computationally efficient. It also provides discussions of the theoretical, methodological, and philosophical issues that arise from the models. A case study illustrates the use of these models in urban and regional planning. Finally, the book presents a new, dynamic theory of urban spatial structure that emerges from the models and their applications. The models are primarily land use models, but the more advanced ones also show the dynamics of population and economic activities, and are integrated with models in other domains such as economics, demography, and transportation.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168124
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