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The New Science of Cities
By Michael Batty
Rather than as artifacts that occupy a "place in space," author Michael Batty argues that cities can be seen as a system of flows and networks that change over time. Understanding how cities function and how to make them better places to live becomes increasingly important as more of the world's population lives in urban areas and cities grow in size and complexity. While the attempt to fashion a science of cities is not a new concept, Batty recognizes complementary work in related research areas: urban economics, regional science, urban geography, and transportation as well as complexity theory. The book is organized into three sections. The first lays out the foundations for this new science of cities. The second focuses on understanding how cities function. The third addresses how cities could be designed. Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London, where he is also chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University. The MIT Press, 2013, 520 pp., ISBN: 978-0262019521