Springer Series in Synergetics

Self-Organization and the City

Authors: Portugali, Juval

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Cities first came into existence more than five thousand years ago. How to deal with these partly fascinating, partly frightening creatures of mankind, both practically and intellectually, concerns all of us and, in particular, presents areal challenge to city planners. Each historical epoch has had its own par­ ticular attitudes associated with the "Zeitgeist". Accordingly, the planning and steering of cities were based on quite different criteria. But in spite of these differences, the concept of planning and steering was, and still is, the cornerstone of our dealing with cities. Nevertheless, the planner's dilemma is becoming more and more visible: cities and megacities seem to be un­ plannable. In this book, Juval Portugali intro duces a new idea: Cities are self­ organizing systems. To substantiate his revolutionary concept, he uses several interlinked methods. On the one hand, and to my own delight, he employs in his arguments theoretical tools developed in the interdisciplinary field of synergetics. On the other hand, jointly with his co-workers, he has performed detailed model calculations on cellular nets. It has been a great pleasure and a wonderful experience for me to discuss these concepts with Juval Portugali over a number of years. I was repeatedly and deeply impressed by the way he established profound and often surprising links to other fields of science.

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"The author and his associates (...) are to be congratulated on such a sustained and convincing tour de force. This book succintly and succesfully discusses urban process and urban revolution, the utility of heuristic models in studying social, economic, and cultural segregation in cities, and the development of synergetic theories of cities and city planning. (...) it deserves the very widest readership in urban planning and beyond." (Environment and Planning B, 2001)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self-Organization and the City
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series in Synergetics
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-04099-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-04099-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-65483-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-08481-2
Series ISSN
0172-7389
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 352
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