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Urban shapes as fractals

Batty, M.; Longley, P.A.; (1987) Urban shapes as fractals. Area , 19 (3) pp. 215-221.

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Abstract

The fractal dimension of a curve provides a measure of its irregularity and if this dimension is stable over many scales, a single process is assumed to be generating the curve. Here we measure the fractal dimensions of curves defining the shape of the urban area of Cardiff during a period of its most rapid growth from 1886 to 1922. The results of applying the traditional scaling model suggest a new model in which fractal dimension varies with scale. Applications of this model show a decline in dimension over all scales and through time.

Type: Article
Title: Urban shapes as fractals
Publisher version: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0004-0894
Language: English
Additional information: Reprinted in: Planning Models (Classics in Planning), edited by A. Reggiani et al, 2006 http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3601
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16048
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