The Dynamics of Complex Urban Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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In recent years it has become increasingly clear that the dynamics of cities can be best captured by looking at them as complex systems governed by many degrees of freedom, interacting on different space and time scales in a non-linear fashion. The evolution of cities is shaped by internal factors, e. g. decisions taken by ins- tutions and individuals, external causes (international economic context) and by social development. The underlying processes can be slow or fast, acting locally or globally. At a different level, both European cities and megacities are magnets for immigrants (e. g. countries, which have major economical and political pr- lems), leading often to phenomena like marginalization or even ghettization and segregation. They are also hotbeds of economic, political and cultural activity, giving rise, among other things, to relocation and conversion of industries, - valuation of land, and development of new services. These phenomena as quali- tive changes, are opposed to purely quantitative growth processes. They are far from being fully understood, nor they are captured in validated and complete - ban models. For most of urban theory hitherto has been based on the assumption of slowly varying spatial and social structures. Only recently, these assumptions have been questioned, giving rise to models employing dissipative dynamics, s- chastic cellular automata and multi-agent models, fractal geometry, and evoluti- ary change models, and to further mathematically oriented approaches.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Oct 16, 2007
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484
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9783790819373
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English
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Business & Economics / Economics / General
Business & Economics / Urban & Regional
Mathematics / Applied
Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy
Political Science / Public Policy / Regional Planning
Science / Earth Sciences / Geography
Science / Physics / General
Science / Physics / Mathematical & Computational
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