by Nikos A. Salingaros


Paperback: 252 pages

Publisher: Techne Press, Amsterdam, Holland (June 2005)

ISBN: 90-8594-001-X

Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 23.5 cm; 6.75 x 9.5 inches

Chinese, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish editions are being prepared.

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This book explains how cities actually work. It will serve as a guide and inspiration for planners to re-humanize our cities using the latest technologies and recent understanding from science and mathematics.

The dogma of mainstream urbanism cannot cope with the changes in technology, culture and science of the last decades. The heritage we are left with is an overly asphalted and sterile concrete environment. Therefore this book addresses the needs of professional urbanists, students and teachers, who wish to understand how and why cities are successful or not, depending on their form, components, and substructure. Most of the needs are related to the urgent search for new instruments of urban planning and design, to which this book contributes conceptually by showing how to connect the fractal city on multiple levels.

There is an increasing awareness that a city needs to be understood as a complex interacting system. Different types of urban systems overlap to build up urban complexity in a living city. This raises the need for using concepts such as coherence, emergence, information, self-organization and adaptivity. This book relates these concepts to the city, shows how to operationalize them, and hopefully marks the beginnings of an urban science.

REVIEW by Ashraf Salama, July 2007 [PDF]

REVIEW by Rubén Pesci, March 2007 (in Spanish)

REVIEW by John Hill, February 2007

REVIEW by Isaac Meir, December 2006

REVIEW by Michael Batty, Journal of Urban Design, Vol 11, No. 1, February 2006, pages 125-143.

REVIEW by Susan Parkham, January 2006


Prologue by Paul Drewe

Author's Introduction

Chapter Introductions by Arthur van Bilsen

Chapter 1. Theory of the Urban Web

Chapter 2. Urban Space and its Information Field

Chapter 3. A Universal Rule for the Distribution of Sizes (with Bruce J. West)

Chapter 4. Complexity and Urban Coherence

Chapter 5. Remarks on a City's Composition

Chapter 6. Connecting the Fractal City

Chapter 7. The Information Architecture of Cities (with L. Andrew Coward)

Chapter 8. The Structure of Pattern Languages

Chapter 9. Pattern Language and Interactive Design

Chapter 10. Design methods, Emergence, and Collective Intelligence

E-mail: salingar@sphere.math.utsa.edu

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