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Modeling cities and regions as complex systems : from theory to planning applications

Author: Roger White; Guy Engelen; Inge Uljee
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusettes : MIT Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger White; Guy Engelen; Inge Uljee
ISBN: 9780262331388 0262331381 9780262331371 0262331373
OCLC Number: 1105432848
Description: 1 online resource (354 p.)
Contents: Introduction --
Theory and consequences --
Approaches to modeling cities and regions --
Urban systems and spatial competition --
The fractal forms of land use patterns --
Urban and regional land use dynamics : understanding the process by means of cellular automaton-based models --
The bigger picture : integrated multi-scale models --
The cellular automaton eats the regions : unified modeling of activities and land use in a variable grid cellular automaton --
Issues of calibration, validation, and methodology --
Emerging theory --
Modeling in support of spatial planning and policy-making : the example of Flanders --
Paths to the future --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Roger White, Guy Engelen, and Inge Uljee.

Abstract:

"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. The result is a rich and realistic representation of the spatial dynamics of a variety of urban phenomena. The book is unique in its coverage of both the general issues associated with complex self-organizing systems and the specifics of designing and implementing models of such systems."

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