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A morphogenetic perspective on spatial complexity: Transport costs and urban shapes

Medda, F; Nijkamp, P; Rietveld, P; (2009) A morphogenetic perspective on spatial complexity: Transport costs and urban shapes. In: UNSPECIFIED (pp. 51-60).

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Abstract

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009. A modern city is a complex entity characterized by a plurality of behaviour, volatility of interactions, and mobility of residents. It is in a permanent state of flux due to dynamic forces that impact on its functional structure and its spatial configuration (Ingram 1998). Urban dynamics often mirrors fundamental changes in a transport system and its spatial spillovers (Crane 2000; Handy 1996). The externality dimensions of urban growth often relate to congestion and detrimental environmental effects due to car usage (air pollution, noise, accidents); for this reason, a proper investigation of evolving urban forms, and their patterns of change, could potentially be a means of understanding and combating urban sprawl, reducing automobile dependence, increasing the use of alternative transport modes, and supporting pedestrian mobility.

Type: Book chapter
Title: A morphogenetic perspective on spatial complexity: Transport costs and urban shapes
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-01554-0_4
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/149115
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