Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age

An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design

Editors: Portugali, J., Meyer, H., Stolk, E., Tan, E. (Eds.)

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Today, our cities are an embodiment of the complex, historical evolution of knowledge, desires and technology. Our planned and designed activities co-evolve with our aspirations, mediated by the existing technologies and social structures.  The city represents the accretion and accumulation of successive layers of collective activity, structuring and being structured by other, increasingly distant cities, reaching now right around the globe.

This historical and structural development cannot therefore be understood or captured by any set of fixed quantitative relations. Structural changes imply that the patterns of growth, and their underlying reasons change over time, and therefore that any attempt to control the morphology of cities and their patterns of flow by means of planning and design, must be dynamical, based on the mechanisms that drive the changes occurring at a given moment.

This carefully edited post-proceedings volume gathers a snapshot view by leading researchers in field, of current complexity theories of cities. In it, the achievements, criticisms and potentials yet to be realized are reviewed and the implications to planning and urban design are assessed.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Portugali, Juval

    Pages 1-2

  • Complexity and Complexity Theories: Do These Concepts Make Sense?

    Haken, Hermann

    Pages 7-20

  • The Origins of Complexity Theory in Cities and Planning

    Batty, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 21-45

  • Complexity Theories of Cities: Achievements, Criticism and Potentials

    Portugali, Juval

    Pages 47-62

  • Cities: The Visible Expression of Co-evolving Complexity

    Allen, Peter M.

    Pages 67-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age
Book Subtitle
An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design
Editors
  • Juval Portugali
  • Han Meyer
  • Egbert Stolk
  • Ekim Tan
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-24544-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-24544-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-24543-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44659-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 434
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