Urban Modeling

Cellular Automata & Agent-Based Models can provide city simulations whose behaviors we learn from. What are the strengths & weaknesses of this mode of engaging urban complexity?

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There is a large body of research that employs computational techniques - in particular agent based modeling (ABM) and cellular automata (CA) to understand complex urban dynamics. This research looks at rule based systems that yield emergent structures.


 


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