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Modeling Cities and Regions As Complex Systems: From Theory to Planning Applications

Roger White, Guy Engelen, and Inge Uljee

Abstract

Cities and regions are highly complex but ordered systems. They are thus best understood by modelling within the framework of the theory of complex, self-organizing systems. This theory suggests that fractal structure is a signature of self-organized systems, and that systems that are far from thermodynamic equilibrium have open futures. These two phenomena have important consequences for the calibration and validation of realistic models, with the open futures phenomenon raising fundamental methodological issues that are addressed in the book. The models themselves are cellular automata (CA) ... More

Keywords: Complexity theory, Self-organization, CA based model, Land use change, Spatial dynamics, Activity based CA, Variable grid CA, Planning applications, Flanders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029568
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029568.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger White, author
Cranfield University

Guy Engelen, author

Inge Uljee, author