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Planning the 21st Century City – Four Snapshots for a New Science

Batty, M; (2021) Planning the 21st Century City – Four Snapshots for a New Science. International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development , 9 (1) pp. 1-9. 10.14246/IRSPSD.9.1_1. Green open access

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Abstract

Demographic growth and the continued evolution of cities call for a new approach to better observe and research our understanding of cities. A new science based on big data, urban modelling and network theory is emerging, providing a different and rather new perspective for planners and decision-makers so that they might learn about both current and future cities. In this article, the new science is briefly introduced from four aspects: Aggregate dynamics; Form and function; High frequency cities; and New tools & techniques for planning. Examples are given to show how this new science illustrates the real-time city, as well as the structure and functional boundaries of a city, while future practice and further exploration of this new science in urban planning and policy making are explored.

Type: Article
Title: Planning the 21st Century City – Four Snapshots for a New Science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14246/IRSPSD.9.1_1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14246/IRSPSD.9.1_1
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 SPSD Press. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons [Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International] license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Science, City transitions, Big data, Computer models, Urban planning
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10152677
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