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Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals Paperback – August 24, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0262524797 ISBN-10: 0262524791

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262524791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262524797
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."--William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, MIT



"Batty is a master at presenting challenging material in 'gentle though rigorous' ways, judiciously combining text, graphics, and notation, and moving from easy-to-grasp toy problems to real examples."--Helen Couclelis, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara



"*Cities and Complexity* unites into an integrated whole pathbreaking urban research centered on methods of nonlinear dynamic emergence and self-organization. This book will be an ideal text for advanced students of urban systems and an invaluable guide for their instructors, as well as for practitioners who seek to simulate alternative futures."--Brian J.L. Berry, Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and Dean of the School of Social Science, University of Texas at Dallas



"Batty is a master at presenting challenging material in 'gentle though rigorous' ways, judiciously combining text, graphics, and notation, and moving from easy-to-grasp toy problems to real examples." Helen Couclelis , Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

About the Author

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London, where he is Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University. He is the coauthor of Fractal Cities: A Geometry of Form and Function and the author of Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals (MIT Press).

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Peters on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an immense collection of research on the application of complex systems to urban spatial analysis. While this book is not extensive and is probably not meant as a textbook on complex systems in its entirety, I highly recommend it for those interested in urban spatial analysis. The applications of the techniques go beyond geography and are useful in sociology, economics, or urban planning. A caveat that I should add is that the book is quite dense with methods and formulas and is probably not best to approach this book without some knowledge of advanced statistics. However, the theoretical overviews provided more than allow for those without this background to get something out of it. In short, if you are a graduate student, professor, or researcher I'd recommend this book for an insightful and important take on the nature of cities and urban analysis.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Jenks on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Prior to buying this book there were no reviews which mentioned that this was more a textbook than an in-depth but casual read.

This book is an exhaustive look at urban planning and an understanding of cities and the patterns of growth and population. While this is exactly what I was looking for, it is extremely dense and full of charts and graphs of advanced mathematical equations. I have no problem with this, however this is much more a textbook than a casual read with some interesting equations to backup the argument proposed.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By orkcloud on September 25, 2008
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Great as starting point for urban develop.
This book is like "Every thing you want to know about cities growth and you, probably wouldn't think of...."

Professor Batty should be consider to urban modeling as Mandelbrot is to fractals.
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