Complexity & Urbanism

Learn how different urban discourses integrate complexity in their approaches

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'Complexity of cities' has become a recognized field of research, but there is no unified way of thinking about how to manage, model, or design for civic complexity. The pages of this site devoted to complexity and urbanism aim to clarify the breadth of urban inquiry engaging complexity, and how each particular discourse embraces key principles and concepts from complexity sciences in different ways. For an overview of the various ways of thinking about complexity, refer to the key topics below

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DIY - Urbanism: A development strategy for Almere Oosterwold, titled 'Estate for Initiatives' is a revolution in Dutch urban planning as it steps away from governmental dictate and invites organic urban growth in which initiatives are stimulated and inhabitants can create their own neighbourhoods including public green, urban agriculture and roads."

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