Understanding Complex Systems

Mathematical Analysis of Urban Spatial Networks

Authors: Blanchard, Philippe, Volchenkov, Dimitri

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Cities can be considered to be among the largest and most complex artificial networks created by human beings. Due to the numerous and diverse human-driven activities, urban network topology and dynamics can differ quite substantially from that of natural networks and so call for an alternative method of analysis.

The intent of the present monograph is to lay down the theoretical foundations for studying the topology of compact urban patterns, using methods from spectral graph theory and statistical physics. These methods are demonstrated as tools to investigate the structure of a number of real cities with widely differing properties: medieval German cities, the webs of city canals in Amsterdam and Venice, and a modern urban structure such as found in Manhattan.

Last but not least, the book concludes by providing a brief overview of possible applications that will eventually lead to a useful body of knowledge for architects, urban planners and civil engineers.

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“Focuses particularly on the applied aspects of complexity sciences, including the social, economic, behavioural and cognitive. … the results of each technique are clearly explained … and it would be possible to read the book for the relevance and impact of each method without getting stuck on the details of the formulae. … appear primarily to address an existing community of complexity scientists, graph theorists, and statistical physicists. In this, it does an excellent job … providing a valuable domain of application for this community.” (Sean Hanna, The Journal of Space Syntax, Vol. 2 (1), 2011)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Complex Networks of Urban Environments

    Blanchard, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 1-54

  • Wayfinding and Affine Representations of Urban Environments

    Blanchard, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 55-100

  • Exploring Community Structure by Diffusion Processes

    Blanchard, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 101-136

  • Spectral Analysis of Directed Graphs and Interacting Networks

    Blanchard, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 137-150

  • Urban Area Networks and Beyond

    Blanchard, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 151-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematical Analysis of Urban Spatial Networks
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-87829-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-87829-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-87828-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09963-2
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 184
Number of Illustrations and Tables
107 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
Topics