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Decoding the urban grid: or why cities are neither trees nor perfect grids

Figueiredo, L.; Amorim, L.; (2007) Decoding the urban grid: or why cities are neither trees nor perfect grids. In: Kubat, A.S. and Ertekin, O. and Guney, Y.I. and Eyuboglu, E., (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Space Syntax Symposium, Istanbul 12-15 June 2007. ITU Faculty of Architectur: Istanbul, Turkey. Green open access

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Abstract

In a previous paper (Figueiredo and Amorim, 2005), we introduced the continuity lines, a compressed description that encapsulates topological and geometrical properties of urban grids. In this paper, we applied this technique to a large database of maps that included cities of 22 countries. We explore how this representation encodes into networks universal features of urban grids and, at the same time, retrieves differences that reflect classes of cities. Then, we propose an emergent taxonomy for urban grids.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Decoding the urban grid: or why cities are neither trees nor perfect grids
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.spacesyntaxistanbul.itu.edu.tr/papers.h...
Language: English
Keywords: Urban morphology, space syntax, taxonomy, hierarchical clustering, continuity lines, street networks
UCL classification: ?? BG ??
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2694
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