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Cities and Regions as Self-Organizing Systems : Models of Complexity - Peter M. Allen

Cities and Regions as Self-Organizing Systems

Models of Complexity

Paperback Published: 25th February 1998
ISBN: 9789056990718
Number Of Pages: 267

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A clear methodological and philosophical introduction to complexity theory as applied to urban and regional systems is given, together with a detailed series of modelling case studies compiled over the last couple of decades. Based on the new complex systems thinking, mathematical models are developed which attempt to simulate the evolution of towns, cities, and regions and the complicated co-evolutionary interaction there is both between and within them. The aim of these models is to help policy analysis and decision-making in urban and regional planning, energy policy, transport policy, and many other areas of service provision, infrastructure planning, and investment that are necessary for a successful society.

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"Allen's writing is clear...and technicalities are explained so that the reader can grasp the important points intuitively, in case details elude....It is intended for urban and regional planners of an analytical bent and graduate and under graduate students in planning, geography, and spatial modeling, but would also benefit professionals involved in linking geographic information and decision support systems." -Journal of American Planning Association "Peter Allen's highly original - and in many senses unique - work on urban and regional modelling over a number of years has acquired a reputable following." -Professor Bill Hillier of Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, London, UK

Towards a Science of Complex Systemsp. 1
Dynamic Models of Urban Growthp. 27
Urban Growth, Commuting and Regional Structurep. 43
Intervening in the Systemp. 61
Modelling the Long Term Structural Changes in the United Statesp. 81
The Spatial Evolution of Jobs and People in Belgiump. 107
The Senegal Modelp. 131
A Simple Model of Intra-Urban Evolutionp. 177
Towards Reality - Brussavillep. 193
A Town Like Brusselsp. 203
An Integrated Framework for Exploring Sustainable Developmentp. 221
Self-Organizing Models in Urban and Regional Sciencep. 227
Conclusionsp. 251
Appendixesp. 261
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9789056990718
ISBN-10: 9056990713
Series: Environmental Problems & Social Dynamics Series, Vol 1
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 25th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1