Urban Systems Resources 2018-05-14T14:35:18+00:00

Urban Systems Books (3)

  • The New Science of Cities

    The New Science of Cities
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    In The New Science of Cities, Michael Batty suggests that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows. To understand space, he argues, we must understand flows, and to understand flows, we must understand networks―the relations between objects that comprise the system of the city. Drawing on the complexity sciences, social physics, urban economics, transportation theory, regional science, and urban geography, and building on his own previous work, Batty introduces theories and methods that reveal the deep structure of how cities function.

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  • Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age

    Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age
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    Today, our cities are an embodiment of the complex, historical evolution of knowledge, desires and technology. Our planned and designed activities co-evolve with our aspirations, mediated by the existing technologies and social structures. The city represents the accretion and accumulation of successive layers of collective activity, structuring and being structured by other, increasingly distant cities, reaching now right around the globe.

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  • Cities and Complexity

    Cities and Complexity
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    Mario Carpo provides a subtle and insightful discussion of the intellectual structures that guide architectural composition and the ways that these structures were transformed by the historic shifts from script to print and from hand-made drawings to mechanically reproduced images. He goes on to suggest that the current shift from print to digital representations will have similarly profound consequences. This is a crucial text for anyone interested in the interrelationships of media and design processes.

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Urban Systems Videos (4)

  • Rethinking Infrastructure at the 2014 Global Infrastructure Initiative

    Rethinking Infrastructure at the 2014 Global Infrastructure Initiative
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    We need to change our approach to infrastructure to keep up with new demands. This video highlights how some countries are rising to the challenge.

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  • Thinking Cities in the Networked Society

    Thinking Cities in the Networked Society
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    The documentary 'Thinking Cities' deals with one of the most dramatic societal trends happening today: urbanization. The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, with roughly 70 percent living in cities. At the same time, Information Communications Technology (ICT) is extending its reach.

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  • Urban systems, vulnerability and resilience

    Urban systems, vulnerability and resilience
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    Sam Kernaghan, from Arup's International Development team, discusses a resilience-based approach to climate change in cities, and presents examples from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Talk first delivered at UCL, London on 16th January 2012.

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  • Urban Network Analysis Toolbox Introduction

    Urban Network Analysis Toolbox Introduction
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    Introduction video for Urban Network Analysis Toolbox which provides tools and metrics to better understand our cities and helps plan for the future.

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